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In their first season since moving from Atlanta, the Winnipeg Jets showed a three game improvement in their overall record, but still weren’t good enough to make the playoffs. After making a few key free agent signings this offseason, they’ll be looking to get their next season.
An Improved Roster
The team signed center Olli Jokinen to a two-year $9 million deal off his best season in four years. They also signed left winger Alexei Ponikarovsky to a one-year $1.8 million deal. Both should improve the offense. Returning to the team after amazing seasons are Blake Wheeler (who tallied 64 points) and left winger Evander Kane, who’s only 21 years old and one of the league’s upcoming stars. On defense, they have Dustin Byfuglien back. When healthy (he missed 16 games last season), he is one of the most lethal scoring defenseman in the NHL.
The Jets (or Thrashers) have had very little success over the past 12 seasons, making their lone playoff appearance in 2006-07. But the franchise’s move to Winnipeg could become a divider, as the mostly young roster transitions from a group that consistently misses the postseason to one that regularly finds itself there.
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With the additions of Jokinen and Ponikarovsky and continued improved play from Wheeler and Kane, this team could making scoring goals look easy next season. But in order to get consistently into the playoffs, they’ll need to shore up the defense. Purchase discounted Winnipeg Jets tickets using ScoreBig.com and get on board with a young team that’s taking baby steps towards a hopeful championship in the near future.