The Jets were serious playoff contenders this year, and with a lot of different factors I can't see them disappearing anytime soon (if ever).
Last time the whole situation was wrong to keep them. Old rink and no money, paying players in USD while collecting revenues in CAD (when our dollar was hovering around $0.62 USD, meaning we had to pay them $1.60 CAD for each dollar collected), no salary cap, no revenue sharing, no skyboxes (the old Winnipeg Arena was kind of cool in it's own way, but so far outdated as to be pathetic) and therefore no real corporate support.
Today the MTS Centre is a fairly new barn with lots of ncie boxes, a salary cap is in place, there is revenue sharing, corporate dollars are coming in, the owners are among the richest men in sports, the dollar is right around par with the USD (and has been higher for much of the last 2 years).
Totally different dynamic than last time, and the league WANTS the Jets to stay in Winnipeg because the NHL owners know the Canadian teams are all among the top money earners for them. How much money did Atlanta (metro population of 5.25 million) and Phoenix (metro population 4.2 million) lose in their last year of operations? ($20 million plus)
Now how much did Winnipeg (metro population 730K) make this past year even considering having to pay the relocation fee and to buy the Winnipeg Jets name from the league? MTS will be sold out for a long time to come, and not at cut rates like Phoenix did/does. (a friend was there for a week recently and she went to multiple games for less than her per game regular season Oiler tickets package price. Shows you what hockey is worth in Phoenix and what it is worth on the prairies)
Welcome back, 'Jets', now make the playoffs next year and we're on track.