Does Kane want out of Winnipeg?
One way we’ll see the effects of losing infecting the team’s core will be players wanting out. Already, a hot rumour has developed on Twitter and websites in Winnipeg that Evander Kane has demanded a trade.
“I’ve spoken with Evander and this is completely untrue,” said agent Craig Oster. “Neither he nor us have talked about a trade. Evander is very excited to be in Winnipeg and about his future with Winnipeg.”
The seven-game road swing the club embarks on today could go a number of ways, but if the trends established so far in this young season continue, the Jets will struggle and losses will pile up.
How will that affect the team, and maybe more importantly the men running it?
Throw a group of ultra-competitive people unfamiliar with losing into a vortex of defeat and the results are difficult to predict.
Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff hasn’t done much losing, winning seven championships in his 15-year management career, including four titles with the Chicago Wolves and a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Winning is second nature with Cheveldayoff; it’s his expectation, not his wish. How he handles the ups and downs of developing an organization from the ground floor — which is exactly where the Jets are at this point — will determine much of what we see.