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Dreger: Scheifele’s agent and Jets met recently

12 Mar 2016 Avalanche Shawn Mattias (18) and Jets Mark Scheifele (55) during the Winnipeg Jets vs Colorado Avalanche game at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg MB. (Photograph by Terry Lee/Icon Sportswire)
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Darren Dreger was on Winnipeg’s TSN 1290 on Wednesday afternoon.

Following a discussion on the future of Jacob Trouba, on how the other negotiation that Winnipeg Jets’ fans will be keeping an eye on is Mark Scheifele, and how the Scheifele contract may be at the top of general manager Kevin Chevelayoff’s priority list right now:

“Yeah, look – the beauty of the restricted free agents is you own their rights. So as much as the process can turn gnarly from time to time, at the end of the day the club still has the upper hand – at least on a short-term basis. That’s not to say that the players don’t have any leverage. Of course they do. But with restricted free agents, you still own their rights. Both of those players are impactful players, and I’m sure Winnipeg would love to have both of them in their future.

“Mark Scheifele, without question, is going to have a long future with the Winnipeg Jets. I know the agent, or at least I was told, the agent met with the Winnipeg Jets, I think in Buffalo during the Combine. So there’s an ongoing back and forth. But I think that applies to both sides. It’s an ongoing negotiation. I don’t have the information to suggest that there’s been progress made in the negotiations with Mark Scheifele, but anytime there’s a face-to-face, you know that it’s at least headed in the right direction.”

Source: TSN 1290/Transcript: Nichols

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