Jets fight to get on same page

Winnipeg Jets forward Olli Jokinen during pre-game training session at the Bell Center in Montréal,...

Winnipeg Jets forward Olli Jokinen during pre-game training session at the Bell Center in Montréal, January 29, 2013. (JOCELYN MALETTE/QMI Agency)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:44 PM ET

Nobody ever came out and said the Winnipeg Jets were a team with too many selfish players on their own agendas.

But judging by their recent turnaround, and the comments surrounding it, it’s safe to say that’s exactly what they were.

Selfishness can be subtle. It doesn’t always sit in its own corner wearing earbuds or search out the nearest TV camera to say, “Look at me!”

Sometimes it just doesn’t do the right things on the ice, the little things that might reduce the chance of scoring a pretty goal or picking up a nifty assist, but which help win a game.

It can keep one eye on its contract status, instead of both eyes on the team prize.

In going 7-2-1 over their last 10 games, the Jets have played some of the best and some of the worst hockey of their season.

Most importantly, it seems they’ve united under one banner.

“The focus has been more what’s better for the team,” Olli Jokinen was saying, Friday. “And that’s a good sign.”


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