It was a difficult first season as a Jets fan. I was not able to watch too many of their games. They are a small market Western Canadian team that plays in the Eastern Conference of the NHL… Yeah, I know. The worst part is they are stuck in the East for at least one more season. The NHLPA stood in the way of a realignment proposal earlier this year and it leaves my Jets in a tough spot.
While you can blame poor play as much as the schedule consider this- they played three games against each team in their division home and away. The home part may seem simple, but being in the Eastern Conference means an immense amount of travel for the team.
For instance they hosted the Carolina Hurricanes on March 18th. Their names 3 games that occured in a five night period were @ Pittsburgh, @ Washington and @ Nashville. They then head home to Manitoba for 2 games in 3 nights vs Ottawa and the Rangers. It is followed one day later by back to back games @Carolina and @ Tampa Bay.
All NHL teams deal with an intense travel schedule and attrition at the end of the season has most teams having many nights where they are off their game. I would suggest no team has it harder than Winnipeg.
I was tempted to get NHL Center Ice for the last 2 months of the season and playoffs. The NHL wanted $80 for that honor. Get with it NHL. Niche sport- make it more affordable. I am looking into purchasing the radio package for next season. If it is like the Baseball one it will cost me $14.99 for the season. The budget would dictate that choice over the TV or internet options. The figurative belt needs to be reigned in. I have 3 MSG channels and I wasn’t able to view the Rangers/Jets game on Wednesday night. Never has pay TV felt more empty to me.
It was nice to see the Jets come back for a win last night in Carolina, rather it was nice to follow the results via the internet. They still have the drive even though they are eliminated from playoff contention. They have some good talent. It will be interesting to see if True North (the owner of the club) spends money for more talent in the off season.
Go Jets! (not New York)