By Scott Billeck
The Winnipeg Jets are one game away from finishing their pre-season schedule and Zach Bogosian couldn’t be any happier that the end is near.
“Nobody likes pre-season, I don’t care who it is, if they ever said they do they are lying,” Bogosian said after practice on Friday.
“We want to just get the season going. It is nice to just kind of wind up here and get it over with, but I know most of the guys are looking forward to our first game in Edmonton.”
Bogosian, who is still dealing with some bumps and bruises, expanded on his reasons for not liking training camp.
“It’s pre-season, you see the way it is, it’s sloppy hockey,” said Bogosian. “Everyone just wants to get that over with and skip to the regular season — not that the games don’t mean anything — but it’s the regular season that counts.
“We got to make sure that we work out the kinks before but it’s pre-season, it just sucks.”
It has been a pre-season to forget for the Jets whose 1-3-3 record isn’t anything to call your mother about.
“You want to be winning hockey games, but like we have said all along we want to get better in certain areas,” said Jets captain Andrew Ladd. “We can take a lot of good things out of last night’s game and we can take some things that we can work on. We looked at some film this morning and we will try and get better today.”
Meanwhile, Jets head coach Claude Noel said that themes the team has worked on since the move to Winnipeg in 2011 are still a work in progress. Noel is not concerned that those themes still need to be taught on a daily basis.
“That is just the way it goes,” said Noel. “Just because you would have done it for a few years…things change. Players leave and players come back so you have to keep establishing some things. Players see themselves as trying to grab a bigger role or try and justify their contracts, so things change.
“You just got to be patient and manage it the best way that you can.”