Kevin Cheveldayoff pulls off a move to relieve the Jets of some of their injury woes by acquiring a forward from Carolina.
F Jiri Tlusty has become a member of the Winnipeg Jets. He was traded there today from Carolina for a conditional sixth-round pick in this year’s NHL draft, but it’ll become a fifth-round pick if the Jets make the playoffs. The Hurricanes also get a third-rounder in the 2016 draft.
“The third-round pick is a high price to pay at this time of the year,” said Cheveldayoff. “It’s certainly something that we don’t take lightly, but as a group here we’re trying to push. We’re trying to push this group to give it an opportunity to make the playoffs and help in the development of this franchise.”
Tlusty, 26, was third in Carolina’s scoring this season with 13 goals and 10 assists in 52 games and is a pending unrestricted free agent.
Cheveldayoff had this to say about the team’s recent injury troubles:
“Sometimes you hit road bumps along the way with some of these injuries and the likes, but that’s all part of it,” Cheveldayoff said. “We feel excited about adding Jiri to our group and we’re looking forward to getting a couple players back in the lineup as soon as possible, health permitting, in Wheeler and Halischuk. And, obviously, when Matty Perreault is ready it’ll be a big boost.”
When asked about the upcoming trade deadline, Cheveldayoff was reserved.
“I’d rather under-promise and over-deliver,” he said. “Again, you don’t know how these things play out.