It’s really great writing opinion pieces for the internet. I don’t have to worry about silly little things like fact checking or corroborating sources. I can get on here and deliver the latest dish to you piping hot from the grapevine. So here’s the latest.
Let’s start with something blue, or I should say dark blue, red and two tone silver. Those in the know are saying this will be the new Jets 2.0 colour scheme, with white away jerseys. Details regarding the new logo’s are also starting to emerge. It seems as though TNSE and co have settled on a an RCAF style circular main logo, and a shoulder patch featuring crossed hockey sticks over air force style wings. I myself was hoping for neon green and pink with a logo designed by Chip’n Pepper but I guess that’s not in the cards.
Next on the agenda is something borrowed, namely from Craig Leopold and the people at KFAN in Minneapolis. Earlier this week on the Paul Allen show Mr. Leopold gave listeners a little preview of what a new re-aligned central division might look like next year.
“Our division would include the Winnipeg Jets, us, the Blues, the Nashville Predators, the Dallas Stars, Chicago Blackhawks, and maybe the Columbus Blue Jackets… maybe not depending on if they go east or west. I am all in favor of that. I think that is a grand slam, home run, hat trick for our team.”
Obviously Leopold is practically gooing over the potential Winnipeg, Mini, Chicago rivalry that may develop, however do you notice something about the new division? It’s a tiny little thing really, at least in the eyes of the NHL, NO OTHER CANADIAN TEAMS! If re-alignment goes the way Leopold is suggesting the Jets will not be able to resume the old rivalries with Calgary, Edmonton, and to a lesser extent Vancouver. Old time Jets fans will certainly miss that , but then again old time fans have certainly seen things go the their way recently. Squawking about realignment would be looking a gift horse in the mouth.
So there you have it. Expect re-alignment in some form to occur in the 2012-13 season with Winnipeg in some sort of central division. I’m also told new Jets merch will be available at the end of August beginning of September so save those greenbacks for your new jersey, keychain, beer stein, bobble head doll, etc.
The NHL season is just around the corner and the fact that Winnipeg finally has a team is just starting to sink in. I for one can’t wait!