Right about now Art Rooney would tell Chuck Noll to stay the course. Right about now Sam Pollock would be locking his first-round picks in a vault until late June. Right about now Harold Ballard would be firing a young Roger Neilson or trading blue-chip Lanny McDonald. Change for the sake of change. Which kind of organization do you want? One with a bedrock foundation like the Pittsburgh Steelers and Montreal Canadiens of old? Or a foolishly fickle operation with no blueprint or direction? Winnipeg is the smallest market in the NHL and the stewards of its franchise can never lose sight of that status. There is a way to build success, but it will take time and discipline. The Jets are 5-8-2 and losers of three straight and with each passing day look more and more like a team that won't make the post-season for the third straight year since moving north from Atlanta. This shouldn't be a surprise. From Day 1 this has been about taking sure steps, not risky leaps. Missing the playoffs once again would be a disappointment, but not an indictment. Unrealistic expectations can't be allowed to steer the ship. Stubborn resolve is what's called for at this moment, rather than rash leaps into the unknown. Now is when we find out what Mark Chipman and David Thomson are all about. And we find out how stiff Kevin Cheveldayoff and Craig Heisinger and Claude Noel can be in an assault from all corners. The rest of the NHL is waiting for them to flinch and then pick clean the carcass. Panic is easy. You see it all the time. But the man or woman standing still and measuring the situation while all around them are losing their minds is the rare one. They're also the people you want handling your stock portfolio, operating on your heart, or, as it is in this case, running your hockey team.
Jets GM won't be pushed off his long-term game plan
Winnipeg Free Press | Nov 4