Saturday, March 5, 2011

Old News

A little bit of back ground
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
The next fifteen years included qualification for the playoffs eleven times, however when they had success in the regular season, it never turned into playoff success. They manged to be matched up against the Gretzky era Oilers, who beat the jets on the way to the cup a number of times.

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!

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