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Jets approach first ‘normal’ season in Winnipeg

Sep 1, 2013, 9:36 PM EDT

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The Winnipeg Free Press pointed something interesting out on Saturday: the Winnipeg Jets finally approach a “normal” season in 2013-14.

After all, the 2011 offseason included being uprooted from Atlanta to Winnipeg while the 2012 summer was marred by the lockout. One could say that this is the first truly business-as-usual lead-up to a season since the Jets were rejuvenated.

Newly re-signed defenseman Zach Bogosian acknowledges the expectations the Jets carry into 2013-14.

“Now we have a full year where you kinda know what to expect,” Bogosian said. “We know where we’re at. We know who we signed, and how we’re gonna play. It’s just our job now to go out and accomplish our goal.”

Of course, even next season poses some interesting changes.

The Jets are part of a revamped Central Division in the Western Conference. That will likely make for tougher competition than they experienced in the discontinued Southeast Division, yet with more reasonable travel parameters, things continue to point more toward “normal.”

One cannot help but wonder if this means that the “honeymoon” is over in Winnipeg, however.

  1. pavelfitzgerald - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    A great point. This core has really had some time to grow together & added some nice complimentary pieces on the cheap in Setoguchi (for only a 2nd rounder in a “prove it” year) & Frolik.
    Schieffle should be that skilled centre Kane’s been soo desperately needing. Trouba could be an absolute defensive beast right off the hop & a smooth skating physical force at the worst. This is a team that could stir things up a bit if healthy & a consistent Pavelec

  2. natlbnkilr - Sep 2, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    The Thrashers or Jets as they’re now called are gonna get schooled in the West. They will be bottom feeders for the first several years in the Central division. Let’s not forget… The Thrashers were an awful team from their inception. Just because they are in Canada now and sucker fans to fill the smallest arena in the NHL doesn’t mean they have a chance in hell of making any sort of waves any time soon.

  3. blomfeld - Sep 2, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    FIRST ‘NORMAL’ SEASON EH ?

    And to think of the many sheep here at PHT who’ve had the ‘audacity’ to question the fact that we LA Kings won the last ‘normal’ Stanley Cup championship by ‘crushing’ the opposition by a margin of 16-4, all the while winning the hearts and minds of ‘millions’ the world over in the process ? …

    Judge: Counselor for the people, do you wish to add anything further ?

    Blomfeld: No your honor …

    Judge: Very well then … the court finds that the LA Kings are the ‘true’ champions of the land !

    Blomfeld: Thank you comrade judge …

    Judge: You’re very welcome friend ! :)

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