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from Tim Campbell of NHL.com,

On what a successful 2018-19 season looks like for the Jets: "Making the playoffs. One thing I've learned for sure is that's the hardest part, getting in. I remember [former Los Angeles Kings coach] Darryl Sutter telling me that a few years ago, after the Kings' Stanley Cup success and a conversation I had with him about it. He said getting in, in his experience, was the hardest part, and that proved to be true. That's the trickiest part, the most challenging part, in this League with the competitive balance that exists. That's how I would define success in a season -- getting ourselves back in the playoffs and then hopefully play well again, as we did through the first two rounds last season. It would be great to go deeper. That would be everybody's hope and is each year but to begin with, we have to get ourselves in. I'd define that as success."

On if his commitment to patience and stability gets more difficult going forward: "I think it gets harder. There's been some acknowledgement that we've got a plan and we're sticking to it but I'm also not that naive to suggest that if things didn't go well this year, that there could quickly be a lot of criticism and demand for change. I think we're just getting started, to be honest. When I wake up in the morning, I don't go sprinting down the hall thinking we've succeeded. This is a really demanding business and we're just getting started, so patience is going to be essential and maybe even more so, now that we've had a little bit of success. And I stress little.'"

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