WINNIPEG - With nearly a full calendar year under his belt in Winnipeg, Joe Morrow is feeling quite comfortable as a member of the Jets.
The Edmonton product was brought to the Manitoba capital at the trade deadline last February in a deal with the Montreal Canadiens. The moment he arrived in Winnipeg, he immediately noticed a difference between the two organizations who were on different trajectories at the time.
"Last year was such a big change from the mood I had previously on the team I had played on before where people were just fighting for their jobs, fighting for personal success that year and trying to get the team going still," said Morrow.
"People (in Winnipeg) were just super excited to give the fans another playoff run, and I feel the same way this year. Everybody is trying to tailor their game to be able to get ready for that playoff push and it's basically the same atmosphere to what I felt coming in last year."
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While it may seem daunting to go from one team to another in the middle of the season, Morrow feels there is a common thread amongst teams when it comes to joining the group.
"It's pretty interchangeable from team to team you just jump from one family to another," said Morrow.
"Once you kind of prove yourself that you're ready to compete for everybody in the dressing room and help the team win I think you're unanimously accepted. That's a huge component to having a successful team is having that close knit family."
That being said, the 26-year-old thinks this is a pretty special group from the top, down.
"From the general manager to the coaching staff to the owner walking around the room kind of developing relationships with the guys," said Morrow.
"It's definitely more of a personal attachment to a team that I've had before. It's definitely not the longest duration I've been somewhere but it's been good. It's really solid relationships around the room."
Even though he has been part of a deal at the trade deadline and two other separate trades back in 2013, Morrow still finds this portion of the NHL season enjoyable.
"It's an exciting time of the year. People adding pieces, people moving away big pieces of puzzles," said Morrow.
"It's kind of reminds you that it's a business and it's nothing personal. It's just how the game goes. I don't know I think it's an exciting time of year."