The Winnipeg Jets were originally in the WHA, they played 7 seasons from 1972 to 1972, before the league folded. The Jets were the Champion of the league 3 times, in 76, 78, and 79.
The WHA success of the Jets earned them a spot in NHL, where in a reclamation draft, they lost a good chunk of skilled players. The first two seasons saw dead last finishes for them, however due to high draft picks they developed a strong core with players such as Hawerchuck, and Steen.
|Teemu Selanne,17th on the NHL's all time goal list|
When the NHL started expanding into the southern US, costs to run a team and salaries went way up. In a small market and unable to afford the most skilled players, our team was moved to Phoenix for the start of the 96-97 season.
The Coyotes, from 97 until now have never managed to more than okay.
Next year... Hopefully, They'll be back!