January 30, 2013
Winnipeg Jets are finding their own identity
By PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

The Jets celebrate a goal in Montreal Tuesday. The team seems to be finding it's own identity after being the displaced Atlanta Thrashers a year ago. (MARTIN CHEVALIER/QMI Agency)

WINNIPEG - It was last weekend when I asked Pittsburgh boss Dan Bylsma about the wildly unpredictable results through the early part of the NHL season.

Things like the Leafs beating his team, 5-2, in Pittsburgh one night, then losing, 7-4, to the Islanders the next.

Or the Pens turning in that stinker against Toronto right after thumping the Rangers in New York.

“There’s been some big fluctuations in the quality of play,” Bylsma began. “That’s going to happen to a lot of teams... especially early on this season.”

It’s basically been pre-season hockey.

With six-day training camps and no exhibition games, most teams weren’t ready.


Exceptions apparently were granted to the Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks and Boston Bruins, a combined 17-0-1 through their trials by fire.

The rest have ranged from the disaster-on-skates in Florida to the mixed bag in Winnipeg.


CANOE.CA SLAM!