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08:20 AM ET 01.19 | Sorry, Jets fans, Teemu Selanne probably isn't walking through the door. "We're trying to win hockey games. That's what we're all about," said Jets co-owner Mark Chipman during a Q and A at the Free Press News Cafe on Monday. "If there was a way where we thought we could bring him in here, we would to that. But I would also tell you, we're not going to mortgage our future to do that. ... That's not to say [GM Kevin Cheveldayoff] won't be active leading up to the Feb. 27 roster freeze but you should expect the Jets to be sellers. Winnipeg's veteran players should be nervous from now until the trade deadline, especially if their contracts make them easy to move.

Winnipeg Free Press

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January 19, 2012  09:07 AM ET

Nice photo of Evander Kane. Only in Winnipeg would you be considered a "vet" at 20 years old.

January 19, 2012  09:53 AM ET

How will they ever draw FA's to play there? They'd better have a very good developmental program.

January 19, 2012  09:59 AM ET

And FN shows the Jets untouchable player on a trade thread...........nice

January 19, 2012  10:05 AM ET

So they'll move their decent players for prospects and picks....the saga continues. They never should have moved a team there.

January 19, 2012  10:23 AM ET

I'm a-leavin' on a Jet plane....

January 19, 2012  10:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I'm a-leavin' on a Jet plane....

Puff the Magic Dragon might be more appropriate.

January 19, 2012  10:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

How will they ever draw FA's to play there? They'd better have a very good developmental program.

You're right, they won't be able to pick up a big free agent...Jets fans better get used to mediocrity and scratching and clawing for a playoff spot...basically, it will be just like the old Jets prior to their move south.
Right now the fans have their blinders on and don't see the big picture and the future of this team...

January 19, 2012  11:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Puff the Magic Dragon might be more appropriate.

Oh No ! Back to the Hippie music ;-)

January 19, 2012  11:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Nice photo of Evander Kane. Only in Winnipeg would you be considered a "vet" at 20 years old.

Snow and freezing temperature take a toll on you, don't they?

January 19, 2012  11:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

So they'll move their decent players for prospects and picks....the saga continues. They never should have moved a team there.

Really? I'm a Coyotes STH and I disagree with you. They have great fan support. Sold all jerseys you can think of (even if they're ugly) in about 15 min. Sold season tickets in a few days... The local press is Jet-crazy... If the Coyotes were anywhere near that level of support, Bettman wouldn't have to make statements about them every time he attends a game...

January 19, 2012  11:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Really? I'm a Coyotes STH and I disagree with you. They have great fan support. Sold all jerseys you can think of (even if they're ugly) in about 15 min. Sold season tickets in a few days... The local press is Jet-crazy... If the Coyotes were anywhere near that level of support, Bettman wouldn't have to make statements about them every time he attends a game...

They can sell all the tickets and jerseys they want but that doesn't mean they will win. If every yr they are re building that support will die. I'm sure the owners are trying to figure out how to get a bigger arena in a few yrs too. They will blame the small arena on not having enough revenue to get big players in, big players won't come cuz it's Winnipeg. They will over pay for avg UFA's, then trade them at the deadline. The cycle will continue, the fans will get pissed and the team will consider moving.

January 19, 2012  11:28 AM ET
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They can sell all the tickets and jerseys they want but that doesn't mean they will win. If every yr they are re building that support will die. I'm sure the owners are trying to figure out how to get a bigger arena in a few yrs too. They will blame the small arena on not having enough revenue to get big players in, big players won't come cuz it's Winnipeg. They will over pay for avg UFA's, then trade them at the deadline. The cycle will continue, the fans will get pissed and the team will consider moving.

Sorry to disagree but the Jets are in the upper end of the NHL revenue scale even with their small arena...revenue won't be an issue.
As you've mentioned, drawing the players to Winnipeg will be.

January 19, 2012  11:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Oh No ! Back to the Hippie music ;-)

Not all of us are card carrying members of the Celine Dion Fan Club, HC.

January 19, 2012  11:49 AM ET
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Sorry to disagree but the Jets are in the upper end of the NHL revenue scale even with their small arena...revenue won't be an issue. As you've mentioned, drawing the players to Winnipeg will be.

That revenue will fall off after a few yrs of suck.

January 19, 2012  11:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Snow and freezing temperature take a toll on you, don't they?

It's only 9 months of the year.

January 19, 2012  11:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

It's only 9 months of the year.

The other 3 months are spent preparing for winter.

January 19, 2012  12:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I'm a-leavin' on a Jet plane....

Hahaha

January 19, 2012  12:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

You're right, they won't be able to pick up a big free agent...Jets fans better get used to mediocrity and scratching and clawing for a playoff spot...basically, it will be just like the old Jets prior to their move south.Right now the fans have their blinders on and don't see the big picture and the future of this team...

Or maybe they could build the team the through draft picks. If they can't get good FAs to come up there then they better hirer some people who can spot NHL caliber players in the Juniors.

January 19, 2012  01:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Puff the Magic Dragon might be more appropriate.

I'm a-leavin' on a Magic Dragon?

 
January 19, 2012  01:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

You're right, they won't be able to pick up a big free agent...Jets fans better get used to mediocrity and scratching and clawing for a playoff spot...basically, it will be just like the old Jets prior to their move south.Right now the fans have their blinders on and don't see the big picture and the future of this team...

So maybe the Jets will move to Quebec? ;)

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