It was a pointless Jets debut for newcomer Eric Tangradi, but his new coach Claude Noel seemed to have no problem with the 24-year-old left-winger acquired from the Penguins earlier in the week.
Noel used Tangradi for 12 minutes 42 seconds on a line with Olli Jokinen and Kyle Wellwood.
"You noticed him," Noel said after the game.
Tangradi said he was dearly looking forward to the opportunity with the Jets, feeling he wasn't free to play his game with the Penguins and their star-studded lineup.
"Sometimes I felt like I had a short leash out there," Tangradi said. "Playing games, I was playing just not to make a mistake instead of getting to my game.
"I think that's what held me back and really prevented me from getting to my game and doing the things that got me into the NHL."
New guy Tangradi catches Noel's attention in Jets debut
Winnipeg Free Press | Feb 16