WINNIPEG - Five of the Winnipeg Jets' restricted free agents have filed for arbitration, ahead of Thursday's 4 pm CT deadline outlined in the league's collective bargaining agreement.
But Jets General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff says this is just a step in the process, as the organization continues to mature.
"There are steps along the way," he said following the opening of free agency on July 1. "We're becoming a mature organization and a mature market to understand that every summer there is July 1, and every summer there is arbitration. Every summer you go through the different processes of things."
These are the players who filed prior to today's deadline, as per the team's public relations department.
Cheveldayoff says conversations are always ongoing between both sides, and sometimes, it's a matter of the time being right.
"There are different conversations that you have in passing with agents at the draft, and say 'we'll pick this up on July 2' or 'we'll pick this up after the week goes by," said Cheveldayoff.
"You're always chipping away at various different levels of your RFA situations… We feel like we're in a good spot with our projections."