The Elbow staff
WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Jets have announced that they will not be aiming to qualify for the playoffs this season.
The announcement came this morning, when head coach Paul Maurice said that Drew Stafford was likely to spend time on the team's top line.
Stafford, 29, had nine goals in 26 games with Winnipeg last season, and has never scored more than 52 points in a season.
"Despite the fact that we have a perfectly serviceable top line right winger in Blake Wheeler, we'd like to try something different this season," Maurice told reporters.
"After taking the team to its first playoff berth last year, we're happy to relax a bit, enjoy what we do, and give everyone a chance to experience top line minutes."
After hearing Maurice's announcement, winger Chris Thorburn was noticeably buoyed when speaking to the media.
"I've been waiting my whole career for this opportunity," he said. "I know they haven't mentioned my name yet, but surely I can't be too far behind the Buffalo guy."