Blackhawks assistant general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff, a highly regarded talent evaluator, has been reportedly offered the GM position of Winnipeg's new NHL franchise.
According to the Winnipeg Free Press, True North Sports & Entertainment Limited declined to retain Atlanta Thrashers GM Rick Dudley after purchasing the team. Dudley, a former assistant GM and front-office member of the Hawks, had signed a contract extension with the Thrashers in February.
True North purchased the Thrashers on May 31, although the deal still requires approval from the NHL Board of Governors at their meeting on June 21. Winnipeg's new team recently reached its goal of 13,000 season tickets, which was set by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
Cheveldayoff just finished his second season with the Hawks. He joined the team in August 2009 after spending 12 seasons as the GM of the Chicago Wolves. He was the chief architect of four championship teams with the Wolves.