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Jul 4 8 tweets 2 min read
A lot of nuggests from today's pressers (and subsequent scrums) with #NHLJets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff and new head coach Rick Bowness.

A thread:
- Scott Arniel is the new associate coach. Wade Flaherty remains on as goalie coach. Bowness wants to hire two more assistants in the next few days.

- Cheveldayoff spoke with about 12 coaches during interview process. Good conversatiosn with John Tortorella and Bruce Cassidy.
- no formal development camp this year. Jets staff will go to players instead. Time crunch with world juniors, etc.

- Bowness interview process began 10 days ago.

- Bowness has spoken to Mark Scheifele. Said Scheifele was "all-in."
- Bowness wants a team here that hounds the puck and play defence, limiting zone time for opponents.

- He spoke extensively about buy-in, and that players who don't will have their ice-time diminished.

- "Adapt or die" was a quote from Bowness that stood out.
- Bowness on Trotz: said he had no issue with being second choice; said he would have tried his hardest to hire Trotz, too, if he was in Cheveldayoff's shoes.

- Bowness said he turned down three other opportunities, but said there weren't all head coaching positions.
- Bowness says the Jets are a very good hockey club that "lost its way" last season. Said he wants to bring the Jets back to the playoffs.

- Cheveldayoff didn't speak much to reports of Blake Wheeler trade, and Pierre-Luc Dubois wanting to test free agency. No surprise there.
- Cheveldayoff said he learned a lot through his extensive interview process. Spoke of there being more than one way to play the game, and teams don't need to be pigeon-holed into one identity, or do really well at one thing.
- Jets haven't done much on the negotiation front with their RFAs. QOs go out shortly after the draft.

- Cheveldayoff's new word was "synergy" and "synergies."

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