Next: Portland (3-11) plays San Jose (6-6) at 7 p.m. Friday in the Rose Garden. The season ends with a home game against Edmonton on April 13.
Next year: Coach and General Manager Derek Keenan has another year left on his two-year deal, and owner Angela Batinovich supports him. She puts the onus on the players for the poor season. 'I read the game plans - you can see when they execute and when they don't,' she says. 'They weren't coming to the game to play. We know they can perform. We'll turn it around.'
Keenan says he already has thought about how he will change the roster for next year. The priority is for players 'to come ready to compete and be in shape - not halfway like this year,' he says.
Complacency, etc.: Keenan disputes the notion that he stood pat in the offseason after last year's 11-5 record. 'I think we made too many changes,' he says. But he says the Jax have been complacent all season. 'We were concerned about it,' Keenan says, 'and it definitely happened.'
Defenseman Matt Dwane's decision not to play this season hurt. 'I thought we could replace him, but we couldn't. It took away some athleticism,' Keenan says. Brodie Merrill's hamstring injury slowed him down and hurt the team's transition game.
- Jason Vondersmith