The captain says he’s not playing consistently enough. The goal scorer who was acquired in the off-season hasn’t dented the twine in 17 games and received a grand total of five and a half minutes of ice time on Tuesday night. It’s unclear who the No. 1 goaltender is because the starter’s stats are nowhere near as good as the backup’s numbers. The big defenceman who gobbles up the minutes turns the puck over too often and blows defensive assignments, yet he hasn’t been reprimanded with less ice time or press box seats from the head coach like other guilty parties have. The head coach, meanwhile, said he needs to look in the mirror, assess the situation and figure out the problem. Yes, this is a recording. It’s difficult to think of a time when things have been this bleak for the Winnipeg Jets since they came to the Manitoba capital more than two and a half years ago. The reason the situation is so dire right now is because they’re not getting better. In fact, it looks like they’re getting worse. They have lost a season-high four regulation games in a row after Tuesday night’s 4-2 setback to the Tampa Bay Lightning during which they showed little desire for an alternate outcome. Even if you put the four-game losing streak aside, what has been positive about the Jets this season? You could say the play of the two rookies, Mark Scheifele and Jacob Trouba, but with the bulk of the veteran corps taking a step back, what good does that do? Blake Wheeler had a delightful December, but he has been up and down. Olli Jokinen has been better. Evander Kane is fairly reliable. There hasn’t been much else to write home about. The optimists reasoned in the off-season that a few nips and tucks of the roster would improve the Jets enough to give them a shot at the playoffs. What the team brass probably didn’t figure into the equation was the regression of so many players they rely on and pay handsomely. Toby Enstrom, Zach Bogosian and Andrew Ladd are just a few members of the club who signed big deals since arriving in Winnipeg but aren’t giving the Jets enough bang for their buck this season.
Jets best and most expensive players not getting job done
Winnipeg Sun | Jan 9