“Thoughts on Thoughts” is a feature that looks at Elliotte Friedman’s terrific weekly post “30 Thoughts.” Justin Bourne selects his 10 favourite tidbits, and elaborates.
Friedman’s column, December 17th: Conference switch weighs heavy on Jets
Friedman opened his 30 Thoughts today by discussing the Winnipeg Jets, whose conference switch has resulted in the terrible reality that CRAP, this is actually kind of terrible for us, even if we did get a friendly schedule with minimal back-to-backs. They’ve signed some long term deals and realize now who they built to play – teams in the sort-of-gross Southeast division – leaves them more than a little short of truly competitive in the West.
They’ve gone from the Southeast, the only division under the previous setup to never send three teams to the playoffs in a single season, to a schedule that’s 50 per cent Anaheim, Chicago, Colorado, Minnesota, Los Angeles, Phoenix, St. Louis, San Jose and Vancouver.
That…that’s rough. Friedge then references how rare it is to see odd man rushes in West-on-West games, and the Dallas Stars crushed the Jets on four odd-man-like meltdowns en route to their 6-4 win.
The point is…what now for the Jets? Here’s where they sit in the West:
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…And with the honeymoon basically over in Winnipeg (they’re still pumped to have the team, but they’re ready to compete), there will be temptation to start pulling wild triggers and trying to make changes so it’s not another couple decades of sadness, as Jets fans have known in the past. I couldn’t agree more with Elliotte:
This is a very dangerous time for the Jets. When the pressure is on to do something, that’s when an organization’s collective head must be at its clearest. Every team’s goal is to win the Stanley Cup, but suddenly Winnipeg’s path to success is very, very different.
Oh, you need like, a lot of good players.
With all the Evander Kane rumors that come up, you wonder if they don’t pull the trigger on a trade for a haul that nets them a lot of picks and prospects. Because unfortunately, the depth of talent they have now, while far from nothing, isn’t going to be enough.