Banged-up Winnipeg Jets see signs of progress

Global News

WINNIPEG – Battered and bruised by an 82-game grind and four-game playoff sweep, the Winnipeg Jets are already taking stock and looking ahead to next season.

The Jets withstood a barrage of injuries that at one point knocked out their top four defencemen and later forced general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff to make a series of trades, but against the playoff-tested Anaheim Ducks, there ultimately wasn’t enough left in the tank to muster even one post-season victory.

“We’ve got a lot of room to improve and to get better with experience,” coach Paul Maurice said after Wednesday’s 5-2 home loss in Game 4. “But before you get to any of that, you’ve got to accomplish, I think, what went on here … that guy over there’s playing with a broken bone, that guy’s playing over there with a tear and there’s no way I’m not going to give what I have.”

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