WINNIPEG - Following the trials and tribulations of the Winnipeg Jets over the last two-plus seasons has been a bit like hanging around a construction site in the early stages.
Workers come and go, there are building materials strewn about, but there's little sign of progress. Occasionally some hammering, but no sign of any kind of structure.
This season, with more new faces on the crew, things seemed to be off to the same start.
In the last several days, though, the hammering has resumed, and while I'm not sure it has a different ring to it, the people making the noise sound encouraged.
It began a week ago, when the Winged Wheel limped out of Winnipeg as if it had run over a nail. That 4-2 win over Detroit was almost everything you want in a hockey team, except perhaps for a power play.