Travel will trump all factors when it comes to deciding how much better off the Wininpeg Jets will be after the coming NHL re-alignment.

The Atlanta Thrashers-turned-Jets were left to stay in the Eastern Conference's Southeast Division last spring when the Atlanta franchise was relocated to the Manitoba capital, with the promise from commissioner Gary Bettman that the team would move to the Western Conference for 2012-13.

Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff heard an update of those owner-level discussions at this week's NHL general managers' meetings in Toronto and told reporters here Wednesday that travel is his priority.