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Southeast breakdown: Winnipeg Jets

Southeast breakdown: Winnipeg Jets

For the next three weeks CSNWashington.com will take a team-by-team look at the three divisions in the Eastern Conference. Every weekday well profile a new team and break down the changes they made in the offseason.

This week: Southeast Division. Today: Winnipeg Jets

20011-12 record: 37-35-10, 84 points

Where they finished: 4th in Southeast; 11th in East; 22nd in NHL

Coach: Claude Noel, 2nd season

Key arrivals: C Olli Jokinen, G Al Montoya, LW Alexei Ponikarovsky
Key departures: G Chris Mason, RW Eric Fehr, D Mark Flood, C Tim Stapleton

Projected LineupForwardsAndrew Ladd - Olli Jokinen - Blake Wheeler
Evander Kane - Bryan Little - Alexander Burmistrov
Nik Antropov - Jim Slater - Kyle Wellwood
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Patrice Cormier - Chris Thorburn
Antti Miettinen
DefensemenTobias Enstrom - Dustin Byfuglien
Ron Hainsey - Zach Bogosian
Grant Clitsome - Mark Stuart
Paul Postma
GoaltendersOndrej Pavelec- Al Montoya

Our Take: The Jets biggest offseason moves came when they signed free-agent center Olli Jokinen to a two-year, 9 million contract and locked up goalie Ondrej Pavelec with a five-year, 19.5 million extension. Will that be enough to get the Jets into the playoffs in their second year in Winnipeg? Only if Evander Kane has a monster season and Dustin Byfuglien steps up as a defenseman who is just as dynamic in the defensive zone as he is in the offensive zone. The Jets are close, but could be a year away from challenging the rest of the Southeast.

Offseason grade: C

Will they make the 2013 playoffs? No.

Projected finish in the East: 11th

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: What does the future hold?

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: What does the future hold?

In this week's mailbag podcast, JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir answer several questions about the Caps' prospects and Hershey.

How does the future look on the farm? Plus, they talk about potential weaknesses, their biggest surprises and more!

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.

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Capitals Faceoff podcast: Barry Trotz has his work cut out for him

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Capitals Faceoff podcast: Barry Trotz has his work cut out for him

Barry Trotz is now the head coach of the New York Islanders, a team that missed the playoffs and just lost their franchise player. So how does next season look on Long Island?

In the long summer months, the Capitals Faceoff Podcast will take a look at some of the Caps' competition next season. In this episode, it's the New York Islanders. Brian Compton of NHL.com joins Rob Carlin and Tarik El-Bashir to talk about what Trotz brings to Long Island and what's left to work with.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.

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