It's been awhile since the Winnipeg Jets hit the ice and then quickly cleaned out their lockers at the end of their second season in Winnipeg.
It also seemed like a long time before the playoffs started after that last loss to the Montreal Canadiens in late April.
And it seems like even a longer time until the Jets will once again hit the ice.
So cruel – not to have playoff hockey in Winnipeg this time of year.
So cruel the Jets didn't make it.
Fact is, they didn't deserve it.
Watching the upstart New York Islanders and what they have accomplished and seeing the team they put together relates to me that the Jets were not that team – a team that was going to make the playoffs.
With next year's move to a tougher division looming, the Jets have little time or space to make mistakes this off-season and make it a hat trick of playoff eliminiation before the playoffs begin.
It was very interesting how the fans didn't have that same passion this season.
The honeymoon is most definitely over.
It's like in marriage, where year three is a very pivotal and possibly stressful year of the relationship.
Will the fans come back if year three is another dud?
If I see a player jersey on the ice with the names "Hainsey," "Antropov," "Wellwood," and "Miettinen," then we might see some cracks in the relationship.
Truth is, Kevin Cheveldayoff needs to start doing his job at a more elite and trusted level.
The fans are trusting him to make this team relevant.
Because the only thing keeping this team relevant are the fans.
As the off-season continues, Jets All Out will bring you the biggest needs and wants in the Jets organization, show you the future, and predict whether or not this Winnipeg Jets team will be the team that will make a playoff run in the future.
For Jets fans, let's hope that Cheveldayoff does his job.