JGD 36: Grieving a Season Ended Before Its Time

Kevin McCartney
December 17 2013 03:50PM

The challenge for fans this season will be managing all five stages of the grief process. Some remain in denial, including looking at a 'healthy' depth chart as though that team was great, or prattling on about 'consistency.' For others, that ended after the Florida game, or perhaps after seeing Thorburn against Western conference teams. There was some yelling, about Kane, about Thorburn, about the coach and Mark Stuart and Pavelec, but always against the futility of being a fan of a team that makes irrational and indefensible choices.

Elliot Friedman's recent focus on the Jets perhaps marks the end to the 'Anger' stage of dealing with the grief of this season. His take that the Jets simply weren't ready for the West is more depression inducing than excuse-making. Really? They didn't know they'd have to play structured hockey in the West? Why weren't they playing structured hockey in the East?

The Jets woke up this morning with another win in the bag, but I, for one, am done believing they can make anything out of this season, and similarly done being mad at Noel and Cheveldayoff for the mess. For me, the period between the Florida game and last night was the Depression phase, and I considered never watching a Jets game again.

I'm on to 'Bargaining,' and I know that because I would give just about anything to see a Jets game where they weren't out-coached. 'Maybe Peter Laviolette could be the Febreeze air freshener in this parked car full of garbage of a team,' I tell myself.

Something tells me this Buffalo game will tell us a lot about where people are at in their grief phase.  

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Game 35 at Columbus: Montoya Performance Tracker & Neutral Zone Play

Travis Hrubeniuk
December 17 2013 10:41AM


The Jets won another game against a weak Eastern Conference opponent Monday night, and will look to go for two in a row tonight against the Sabres. Despite what could have been a dominating performance, the dump and chase style deployed by Claude Noel limited the Jets opportunities and zone time.

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Game 35 at Columbus: Scoring Chances and Observations

Travis Hrubeniuk
December 17 2013 10:36AM

Chart via ExtraSkater.com

Hey look everyone! I’m back! That’s totally why the Jets won this game. Seriously. It has nothing to do with Evander Kane being back in the lineup. Or, at least that’s how the Jets broadcasters would like to see it. Because why would we want to give the guy any credit at all?

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Rhys Finnick
December 16 2013 09:20PM

If you got stuck in traffic on the way home from work, then maybe had to play with the cat a little bit because he's been inside alone all day and is a bit ansty, then quickly made yourself a couple pizza pops before turning on the Jets game and only managed to catch the third period, you watched a really exciting game.

If you saw the whole thing, well...at least they won.

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Four Future Jets Take On World Juniors

Matt Eichel
December 16 2013 08:16PM



I always enjoy taking a sneak peek at the future of the Winnipeg Jets.  It brings optimism, hope, and a sense that the franchise is actually going somewhere.

And for the first time in the entire franchise's history - Atlanta and Winnipeg - the team actually knows how to draft quality players who will be in the lineup and not playing in the ECHL (remember Daultan Leveille or Alex Bourret anyone?).

There are four Winnipeg Jets prospects on their respective countries rosters coming up for the World Juniors in Sweden and it is very exciting to see what they offer their country with their skills.

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