The Winnipeg Jets announced Thursday they've named Larry Simmons as assistant general manager.
Simmons spent the 2011-12 season with the Jets as the assistant to the general manager, assisting GM Kevin Cheveldayoff and senior vice president and director of hockey operations/assistant GM Craig Heisinger in various capacities. Simmons remains with the franchise after spending 12 seasons with the team as the Atlanta Thrashers.
Simmons held the position of vice president/assistant GM with the Thrashers beginning in 2004, and continued in this capacity until the team's relocation to Winnipeg in 2011. Simmons, who joined the franchise before it began play in 1999, held various roles within the hockey operations department prior to 2004.
For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.
— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday