The only thing stranger might have been if Eric Tangradi had actually been on the Pittsburgh Penguins charter flight before he was acquired by the Winnipeg Jets.

As it turns out, the newest member of the Jets actually handled himself pretty well in his debut as he faced his former team on Friday night.

Although Tangradi was held off the score sheet, he managed a shot on goal, four hits (all in the first period) and two blocked shots in the 3-1 defeat, while skating on a line with Olli Jokinen and Kyle Wellwood.

“This will be the most awkward of games for me to play and I definitely think it’s something to build off of, as far as my game and playing with those guys,” said Tangradi, who played 45 NHL games with the Penguins before he was dealt to the Jets for a second round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft on Wednesday. “I thought I’d be really nervous, which I was all afternoon and didn’t get my normal nap (in). After the first couple of shifts, I really settled down and felt I was fitting in well.”

During the game, Tangradi got into battles with Penguins defenceman Kris Letang on several occasions, but that was merely a coincidence.

“It was nothing personal, just playing hard,” said Tangradi. “You just try to get in there and mix it up and try to be a little chippy. That’s the style I kind of hope to play.