WINNIPEG - When the going gets tough in the NHL, the Winnipeg Jets — and the Atlanta Thrashers before them — get, well, fairly average.
Doesn’t exactly get you fired up, does it?
In the last four seasons the Jets and Thrashers have been a combined five points out of a playoff spot at the NHL trade deadline. They have exactly zero playoff berths to show for it.
Talk about close but no cigar. When the snow starts the melt, the Jets become … meh. It’s hockey’s version of death by a thousand cuts.
And unfortunately for the Jets and their fans, the scene is repeating itself so far this year. The Jets are 0-2-1 since last week’s trade deadline. They’ve gone from one point out of playoff position to at least four points in arrears as of Wednesday morning.