Thursday, May 24, 2012

What if True North Had Purchased the Coyotes?

I am sure many Winnipeg Jet fans are lamenting the fact that the deal to bring the Jets back from wandering the dessert for 15 years never came to fruition. Just think; we could have been in the Western Conference Finals, a mere four games from playing for lord Stanley’s silverware. We could have shown the world what a real white out is!

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The reality is that had the Jets moved back from Phoenix their improbable playoff run would probably not have happened. For starters the team would have looked remarkably different . Shane Doan would have retired rather than trade his shorts for a North Face parka and matching toque and who knows who would have followed the captains lead. The players didn’t want to leave the dessert and I believe if they had, it would have reflected in their play on the ice.

True North would have also dismantled the Coyotes management staff and given it a makeover just like it did to the Thrashers staff (not that there is anything wrong with that as it is their toy). The two D’s (Dave Tippett and Don Maloney) would have been out and that means that Mike Smith may not have been signed as a free agent. The already disgruntled Coyote players who were forced to move to Winnipeg would have tuned out Coach Noel faster than Ilya Bryzgalov could say there is nothing fun to do in Winnipeg.

The Coyotes captured lightning in a bottle this playoff season. All the pieces came together led by Mike Smith’s goaltending (it remains to be seen if he is the real deal). Tippet had the players ears and they banded together overcoming the loss of key players like the afformentioned Bryzgalov, Kyle Turris and Ed Jovanoski and the ‘euphoria’ of not being moved to the TRUE NORTH may have also played a role in their success not to mention (as many conspiracy theorist may be inclined to do) the fact that they are owned by the league.

It is in the NHL’s best interest to field a solid team in Phoenix as they look for a potential sucker, I mean suitor to keep it there and keep the financial losses at a minimum. The fact is, every dog (even a desert dog) has its day and this was the Coyotes turn.

Sure it would have been nice to have the Jets 2.0 make a long playoff run. Heck, even a short playoff run in their inaugural season would have been monumental but sometimes you have to be thankful for not only what you have but what you don’t have.

Jets fans have lots to be thankful for in the form of solid ownership and good young players who (Evander Kane aside) made all the right moves and said all the right things this year. The Jets need some work as does every team that fails to win it all. They will get their turn while the ‘Yotes may have just had their best chance at a Cup slip through their fingers (ring fingers that is)!

Article by Sportmentary's Winnipeg correspondent, The Comish.

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