Winnipeg Jets changes should start with Byfuglien and Noel

Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien is struggling so much lately, it seems a trade might be one of the...

Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien is struggling so much lately, it seems a trade might be one of the best ways to improve the team. (KEVIN KING/QMI Agency)

Paul Friesen, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:14 AM ET

PITTSBURGH - It was minutes after Sunday’s 6-5 loss to the Penguins, and Winnipeg Jets defenceman Mark Stuart didn’t have a lot to say.

Which, to me, said a lot.

As one of Winnipeg’s backbone players, someone who always tries to play the right way, Stuart had just watched his team spend far too much time playing the wrong way.

High-risk passes, too much handling of the puck in their own zone, chasing the puck instead of defending — the recurring sins of the Jets are well-documented.

“Sloppy,” is how Stuart put it. “We haven’t played well in our own end the last few games. It all came to a head, I guess. Taking care of the puck.”

Stuart nailed the situation the way he plays — without much fuss.

Saying much more would have been too damning.

It’s not that the Jets just lost a one-goal game to the high-flying Penguins. The best teams in the NHL do that.

It’s the bigger picture that should be setting off alarm bells.


Videos

Photos