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Big Changes in Winnipeg Written by Nomis Dlaeh - December 12th, 2011

The entire top line has vanished in Winnipeg after a sluggish start to the season. Bye bye to these 3 guys:

"They were playing like shit and had to go, that pretty much sums up why we made the deals."

Those words came outta GM Heald's mouth when the press gathered to discuss the 2 major trades made in the past 10 days. To suggest anyone was shocked at hearing what was said at the presser Monday morning would be folly. The fact is these 3 players who were put together last year and showed some sense of chemistry and had some people in this market thinking the only way for them to go was upwards, well, that also turned out to be foolish. Straight up, these players did not do anything of importance for the Jets/Thrashers organization and they did not put the team in a better place after they were gone. The only positive thing this reporter can gleam from their time here is that the return GM Heald got for these 3 wankers was fair, to say the least.

Henrik Zetterberg, Patrice Bergeron and Chris Stewart will wear the Jets colours for the next little while and try to turn the fortunes of this struggling franchise. This team had hopes of finally making the playoffs after 2.5 years of re-building and re-tooling by Heald only to see a disaster of a start in this young season.

Zetterberg bring experience and leadership to Winnipeg as well as a solid history of scoring goals...lots of them. He brings some hope that there are brighter days ahead and he brought his good friend Patrice Bergeron with him. Bergeron does not have the same aura that henrik Sedin has but he is a centreman who will instantly bring respect to the personnel. He is a responsible 2 way player and also can put up very good offensive numbers.

Chris Stewart was plucked out of Anaheim for Nathan Horton, who did not enjoy his  time in Winnipeg this year. Although it wasn't made public at any time, Horton did quietly request a trade during the summer when he found out the GM was born and raised in Vancouver, BC and thought Aaron Rome was singled out during the Stanley Cup final. We wish Horton well in Anaheim but it appears neither he nor Stewart have had much of an impact on their new teams...yet.

Go Jets!

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