Rick Dudley out in Winnipeg

The owners of Winnipeg's NHL franchise, having told Rick Dudley he won't be retained as general manager, have offered the position to Chicago Blackhawks assistant GM Kevin Cheveldayoff, a source tells ESPN.com.

The team's ownership announced Sunday that Dudley won't be heading north with the Atlanta Thrashers franchise, which was purchased with the intent of moving to Winnipeg last week.

"After meeting with (Dudley) this week, we have decided to go in another direction with the position of general manager of our team," True North Sports & Entertainment chairman Mark Chipman said.

"We informed Rick of our decision late yesterday afternoon, and thanked him for his work in building a foundation and future for this team."

Dudley, who was GM of the Thrashers for the 2010-11 season, met with True North on Thursday. He was told the team would get back to him soon and the answer came Saturday.

Dudley signed a four-year extension in January with the Thrashers.

The team's new GM will decide whether Craig Ramsay and the rest of the team's coaching staff will make the trip north to Winnipeg, a source told ESPN.com.

Craig Heisinger, the GM of the AHL's Manitoba Moose owned by True North, is expected to be part of the Winnipeg front office.

Pierre LeBrun covers the NHL for ESPN.com