by Brandt Corbin
In business whether it be hockey or any other big corporation, when new ownership is brought in often they bring in their own people to run it for them. Well history is repeating itself, less than four days after moving to Winnipeg, True North (new owners) have announced Atlanta Thrasher general manager Rick Dudley would not be retained. That will be surprising to some being Dudley had four years remaining on his contract, some others like myself seen this coming before the move was announced.
Cheveldayoff the new GM?
The first sign of this move was a few weeks ago, it was made all but public current Manitoba Moose general manager Craig Heisinger was going to remain in Winnipeg with the NHL club. Along with Heisinger True North is working feverously to bring in Kevin Cheveldayoff who is currently the Chicago Blackhawks assistant general manager. Cheveldayoff’s resume boasts a Calder Cup (AHL) and a Stanley Cup with the Hawks last season, and its being was reported that the Hawks have given permission for Winnipeg to speak with him. Reports then on Sunday came out that they had officially offered him the job. Look for an announcement either Tuesday or Thursday for Cheveldayoff to brought in.
Ramsey next to go?
The first question that would be asked when the new GM is announced is what would there plans be with current head coach Craig Ramsey? If so who would that general manager bring in? If Cheveldayoff is brought in to run the hockey team, look for him to bring in John Anderson as an assistant coach. Now you’re going to say and you’d be correct, Anderson is Atlanta’s old head coach, but Anderson also coaches the AHL’s Chicago Wolves for 10 years, who was the general manager during the majority of the duration? You’re right Kevin Cheveldayoff. Soon enough we’ll fine out what the teams next move is. Another side note to Cheveldayoff possibly coming in, he and Thrashers associate coach John Torchetti worked together in Chicago. Is it farfetched to say Torchetti could receive a promotion to head coach? The two had won a Stanley Cup together with the Hawks, along with Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd arguably the two key players for success in Winnipeg. Stay Tuned....
Stay tuned to http://winnipeghockeyreport.com/ when the hiring becomes official, we’ll look into why Ramsey could be gone and whether the new hockey operations will look into keeping Zach Bogosian or moving the former third overall draft pick.