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A few nice words to send the Jets to the offseason with.

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Jacob Trouba - If I'm being honest, I probably didn't know enough about the Jets coming into this series, but Trouba was one of the players I truly came away impressed by.  Just Hampus Lindholm for the Ducks, who was picked three spots ahead of him in the 2012 Draft, Trouba is going to be a strong foundation for the Winnipeg defense for years to come.  He does just about everything well and is only going to get better with age.  And now that we learn he played two games with a broken hand, it's only more impressive.

Dustin Byfuglien - As long as we stick together as a team, we'll be alright.

Jets Fans - I may have been a little bit harsh in my criticism of the Jets' crowd after Games 3 and 4.  Upon further reflection, without the visceral excitement of wanting the Ducks to shut them up so badly, I should acknowledge that it was a special atmosphere, even on TV.  Also, when you think about comparing the atmosphere at MTS Centre, I guess you can understand why some Jets fans thought they "took over" Honda Center, but more than anything, it still shows that clearly none of them have been here for a Detroit, LA, San Jose, Chicago or Vancouver game.  And I can't say enough how much I appreciate the way that the fans finished both games, despite the results.  Hopefully, after the honeymoon wears off they can still say so positive and supportive and not become the festering hive of negativity that most other Canadian fan bases can be.

Tyler Myers - Another guy I was really impressed with.  Only seeing him once or twice a year max while with a horrendous Buffalo team didn't do Myers justice.  Based on this series, it really does seem like the trade that brought him to Winnipeg was a win for him as a player, the Jets as well as Buffalo (and Evander Kane).

Mathieu Perreault - Take care buddy, we miss you.

Adam Pardy - Easily the most hate-able player on the Jets, and that's a real compliment.  He wasn't really on the level with a Ryan Garbutt or Antoine Roussel from last year's series with Dallas, but that performance in Game 2 came close with an important goal and some real nastiness.

And that's probably a good note to wrap up on.  Coming into the series, I expected it to be a lot like last year against Dallas.  It was, to the extent that it was physical, tight and exciting.  The only thing that it didn't really produce, which the Dallas series really did, was genuine hatred for the Jets, a couple of minor annoyances aside (See: Thrashers and Teemu).  Frankly I have nothing against them and wish them the best, as long as their not playing the Ducks.

Finally, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU,THANK YOU for helping knock the Kings out of the playoffs before they even started.