I wonder why some franchise facts are mentioned and others are not? The great Winnipeg records are included, yet the Winnipeg Jack Adams winners are not mentioned...and the Winnipeg Captains are not mentioned? I might be uninformed on NHL/Wikipedia protocol--is it just my paranoia, or do the franchise entries ONLY mention Winnipeg Jets history when the Yotes reality is simply too unimpressive...
Bryzgalov is now gone and he was turned upon by the Phoenix establishment as fast as he could pack his bags--see Todd Walsh's speedy June 7th tweet: "...And playing the role of aloof goalie....made me ill. His team mates deserved better..." Or, have a look at Jerry Brown's words of the East Valley Tribune : "The guy who disappears into protected areas of the dressing room when he has a bad night, leaving his teammates to take the bullets and defend him."
How sad would it be for the Yotes' ONLY franchise record to be held by this disloyal, Phoenix-fleeing goaltender!?
Staying in character, the goaltender's outspoken opinion of Winnipeg has been negative and ignorant...and yet here he is, tarnishing a list of our beloved Jets: He is the sole Phoenix contribution to the record-holding history of our old franchise! Speaking of feeling "ill"....
Back in Winnipeg, we are still waiting on our new NHL team name. It has been made clear by Bill Daly that the Winnipeg Jets stats and records will stay with the franchise in Arizona. I believe that History belongs where it is made, but I understand that this would be a complicated fix for the NHL! It would be a nightmare to deal with and it would lessen the credibility of the NHL to go against their own protocol--they have done enough conceding lately, don't you think?! ;)
While TNSE can't (presently) take back the recorded history of our old franchise, they CAN legitimately right a few wrongs: Naming the team the Winnipeg Jets would be a great start! The more time that goes by, the more that Winnipeg's hockey history will be lost in Phoenix--or perhaps more likely--in the NEXT location that the franchise ends up in. Or...what happens if the league contracts? I'm not suggesting that it will...but anything seems possible these days!
A lack of foresight is what killed Winnipeg the first time around!!
Winnipeg has just won a 16-year war to get back into the NHL! They say that History is written by the victors...maybe we should take advantage of that!
Go Jets Go
P.S. I believe that all NHL fans in Winnipeg should support our new team, regardless of the name. It just won't be as much fun if it isn't the Winnipeg Jets!