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It’s Winnipeg Jets day on PHT

Aug 6, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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Welcome to our offseason initiative — 30 teams in 30 days.

From July 16 until Aug. 14, we’ll be dedicating each day to a new team by recapping the offseason and looking ahead to 2012-13.

There will also be a series of posts looking at key stories, player profiles and burning questions regarding each squad.

Today we continue with the Winnipeg Jets.

The 2011-12 campaign was obviously a season of transitions for the Jets in more ways than one. Last year, the Atlanta Thrashers moved to the hockey hungry city of Winnipeg.

In addition to changing owners and cities, the team also appointed a new GM and head coach during the summer of 2011.

That being said, the team itself remained largely intact and it was one that has been struggling through a rough rebuilding process.

The Winnipeg Jets, who were forced to play in the Southeast Division in 2011-12 and are expected to suffer the same fate next season, failed to make the postseason for the fifth straight campaign.

This is a franchise that has been unable to gain any transaction since its inception. They have been to the playoffs just one time and are still looking for their first postseason win.

The Winnipeg Jets added Al Montoya, Olli Jokinen, and Alexei Ponikarovsky this summer, but they still need to re-sign restricted free agent Evander Kane.

Is this franchise ready to reverse its fortunes? Could Winnipeg host its first playoff game in 2013 since the original Jets moved to the desert? Stay tuned for our extended coverage of the Jets.

  1. polegojim - Aug 6, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Jets should be proud of their performance so far.

    They’ve proven that ‘chemistry’ doesn’t require a TON of time (and can be used as a lame and lagging excuse). It requires proper focus, REAL player development, and putting players in their position of strength.

    My only knock is that at 12th in the league in scoring… they needed help w D and in Goal.

    Don’t see that they improved either of those very much.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 6, 2012 at 11:22 AM

      Oh, but they did. With Jokinen, they have a bonafide 2nd C. Last year they bounced C’s around a lot, with the exception of Little. Now they can ride Ladd-Little-Wheeler, and Kane-Jokinen-Machacek(?). Actually, I’m more concerned about who’s gonna fill Glass’ skates. Poni should be a nice addition as well. Scheifele can maybe start as 3rd line C. The Jets will have a better team this year for sure. I drink the Chipman/Chevy Kool-aid and I have every confidence in their abilities. GO JETS GO!

      • polegojim - Aug 6, 2012 at 11:43 AM

        Lostpuppy… lesson in alphabet… C is not D or G – you’re usually a better reader than that!!!!

        Again – scoring/offense was not their weakness.

        It was… and still is… Defense and Goal.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 6, 2012 at 11:40 AM

      …aaaaand it would have helped if I’d read your comment correctly. No, they did not improve their D corps. You are correct, sir.

      • polegojim - Aug 6, 2012 at 8:20 PM

        ; ) had to happen at least ONCE this week.

        I do like their improved O tho.

    • oldsoldier45 - Aug 6, 2012 at 12:45 PM

      Proud of their performance? Finishing with 84 pts, 4 more than the year before was proof of new chemistry and focus????/

      I am in Winnipeg and this is the one issue that consistently annoys me is that fans are so glad to have the Jets back they are blind to any and all issues. The comment above is the perfect example….bragging that the 22nd place team is an example of how to rebuild.

      The team is what it its. A team of 2nd and 3rd liners, with the exception of Evander Kane (who still hasnt signed his offer after over a month). And if you seriously try to defend Jokinnen and Andropov and Burmistrov as top line material then I have to question whether you have any more hockey background than they had in Atlanta. The team is weak overall defensively and overpaid for a very average goaltender.

      And despite all the wishful thinking, the Jets do not have organizational depth. Organizational depth is when you have a player who is or can be slotted to play all top 9 forward and top 4 defence positions. The teams overall prospect depth has been ranked 25th by HockeyFutures (Behind both Calgary and Toronto), 26th by TSN , and 24th by The Hockey News.

      Their biggest aquisition is Jokinnen???? Let go by a team who doesnt have a single 1 or 2 C.

      I would love to see the Jets be successful, and I have no doubt they will be one day, but to make ridiculous predictions and projections simply because you are grateful they are back is asinine, and will lead to even worse possible future implications.

      • polegojim - Aug 6, 2012 at 8:26 PM

        oldsoldier… these Winnipeg Jets have done something that the Thrashers barely had a whiff off…

        They are competitive!!!

        Atlanta and Columbus were two teams in the league that others licked their chops when playing.

        Not True with the Jets.

        I agree, they have some serious work to doo… but in 1 year sir, Winnipeg has done good things.

  2. almightgirthjoxx - Aug 6, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    i hear andy reids son died of too much inhilation of disgusting trashadelphian air. WHAAAMMMMY

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