WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Jets just canít wash off the stench of the Atlanta Thrashers.
None of the seven teams that joined the NHL in the last 25 years has missed the playoffs more than the Thrashers/Jets in their first 13 years of existence. Atlanta made it once in 11 seasons, and now the Jets have whiffed in their first two years.
Two other teams, the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild, are playing only their 12th seasons now. Columbus has made it only once and has a chance in the next couple of days to make it two times, while the Wild are currently clinging to their fourth playoff berth.
The Ottawa Senators made nine trips to the playoffs in their first 13 seasons. The San Jose Sharks accomplished the feat eight times. The Nashville Predators made seven trips to the post-season. Anaheim and Tampa won Stanley Cups. The Senators and Florida Panthers both made it to the final.
The Jets, meanwhile, are continuing where the Thrashers left off. To be fair, they didnít have a lot to work with when True North bought the franchise, but their goal was to make the playoffs this season.
Yet they failed again. Until they prove otherwise, theyíre still the Atlanta Thrashers wrapped up in Winnipeg Jets clothing.
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