January 12 2014 04:44PM
Claude Noel had one of his most detailed and interesting post-game press conferences after what would be his last contest Saturday night against Columbus. He had confirmed for all ears in the days leading up that a Tuesday night drubbing by Tampa had been the season low point for the Jets, and his roster in his final contest as the Jets coach reflected him throwing his hands in the air at the whole mess.
But after losing 6-3 to the Blue Jackets, Noel was a broken record about how the team made mistakes they'd never made previously. He got specific about the team's intended formations, and how the players failed to execute. It was a moment of transparency that comes only when coaches lose the energy required to maintain the veil of a united front and trying hard. Yet it showed something Noel didn't intend - that he wasn't being honest with himself about the problems on the team.
January 12 2014 01:12PM
Which old witch? The Wicked Witch!
After a very poor 6-3 loss against the Blue Jackets extended the Jets' skid to 5 games, Kevin Cheveldayoff took action behind the Jets bench. Claude Noel, the first coach in the Jets 2.0 history, was fired along with career Assistant Perry Pearn.
We knew as a fan base that this was coming, and certainly the organization has tipped its hand that this was in the works. Paul Maurice is stepping into the vacant position, revealing that Cheveldayoff was in communication with the former TSN Analyst prior to Sunday morning.
Inside we'll review some of what led to Noel's dismissal and what we can expect in broad strokes from Paul Maurice.
January 12 2014 03:19AM
Will the problem on this team please stand up?
Dustin Byfuglien fans can feel vindicated in this contest. The Jets struggled in every aspect of defending - pushing the big bodies of the Columbus forwards, managing gaps, controlling passing lanes, and moving the puck. Five fewer minutes of Byfuglien and an end to his turnovers only meant that the Blue Jackets steamrolled the Jets in their own end and the good guys had no answer.
January 11 2014 04:07PM
The Jets are entering the stage of a lost season where the drama of the locker room outweighs the drama on the ice. The lineup today actually makes some sense - at least as much sense as Stuart and Byfuglien together and Thorburn on the third line for a month. Yet the fanbase and media alike are beside themselves with debate over it.
The problem is that three months into the season, it's still not the common sense lineup. We're fast approaching the deadline to make decisions about this roster, and the coach hasn't written a lineup card that didn't have an experiment involved.
January 10 2014 03:33PM
Sup? [GIF via Dan McQuade]
We're back with the 2nd episode of the "Log Off Podcast" in which we discuss hockey ad nauseam until it's time for us to, well, log off. Last time you heard from us was on Monday, when we spent the entirety of the show previewing what we thought Team Canada's roster would look like.
Well, with a few days to let it all sink in and marinate, we now feel it's a good time to take a quick look at who was "snubbed", and what kinds of adjustments we'd make. In case you're looking for a cynical take on the team, then feel free to skip past the first 5 or 6 minutes.. because we seemed to share a fairly positive outlook on the result, all things considered.
After that, we hopped around all over the NHL, talking about the mess that's taking place in Winnipeg right now (spurred by the news that Dustin Byfuglien will be moving back to forward, despite a largely successful run as a blueliner over the past few seasons), the dry spell in Vancouver (and their weird season to-date), and the complete and utter tire fire in Toronto (which'll hopefully conclude with Randy Carlyle being shot into outer space)..
Click past the jump to stream the podcast!