January 13 2014 02:37PM
Photo of Old Man courtesy of Mark & Andrea Busse
The Jets 2.0 will play their first game without former Head Coach Claude Noel when the newly hired Paul Maurice makes his Winnipeg bench boss debut tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes. The online community exploded yesterday morning after said announcement, with player, media, and fan reactions ranging from surprise to vindication. The players blame themselves. The media blames the players. Fans just want their team out of the basement.
Speculation aside, tonight marks the first opportunity the Jets community will have to see who really was to blame.
January 13 2014 10:32AM
Chart via Extraskater.com
How many times can a team hit rock bottom in one season? It really seems like the Jets have been making it a goal to keep busting through that point to make the season seem worse and worse at every turn, and have ultimately forced Kevin Cheveldayoff’s hand in the firing of coach Claude Noel. An offensively weak performance supplemented by some questionable defensive play led to yet another loss for the Winnipeg Jets, who are now slipping further and further down the league standings.
January 13 2014 10:29AM
In what will go on record as the final game that saw Claude Noel act as the head coach of the Winnipeg Jets, we saw a perfect display of his dump and chase mantra, and how it prevented the Jets from creating an efficient offense.
January 12 2014 10:37PM
On this week's episode, the guys say so long to Claude Noel, discuss our new coach Paul Maurice and the new evaluation period the Jets suggest they're in. All that plus, Paulina Gretzky's racy tattoo, another spelling bee and some cheery new music for our listeners to enjoy.
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.