January 22 2014 04:57PM
So maybe it was the coach after all, eh?
Poor Claude Noel, even one game over the .500 mark didn't do it - probably had to do with how much the first half of the 2013-14 season dipped into that record.
Two winning seasons - 37-35-10 and 24-21-3 - but still no playoffs followed by a tumultuous 19-23-5 start to this season saw him ship out and saw the Jets playing uninspired and not improving as they did from year one to year two.
Enter Paul Maurice - who has gone 4-0 since his arrival - and has bumped that Noel record from 19-23-5 to 23-23-5.
The veteran bench boss Maurice has the Jets playing inspired hockey that Jets fans wanted to come to expect from Claude Noel's coaching, but Noel simply did not have the experience or the personality to do that with the young core intact in Winnipeg.
Maybe it wasn't just personality - maybe it was just personal accountability.
Such big words for hockey eh?
Well, such true words for hockey too.
January 21 2014 11:58PM
The Jets won tonight, despite Blake Wheeler's haircut.
It may not be the Stanley Cup. It may not be the President's Trophy, Heck, it may not even be a playoff berth, but the Winnipeg Jets earned the honor of being the first team in the NHL to beat the league-best Anaheim Ducks at home in regulation this season.
Right now, Jets fans should be impressed with their team earning two of the hardest points to come by right now. However, in the long run, we all may look back at this game as a definitive new chapter in Winnipeg Jets 2.0's history. Paul Maurice and his players now have four wins in a row, and have looked like a very tough team to play against while doing it.
January 21 2014 04:15AM
Everything's coming up Milhouse for the Winnipeg Jets lately. In the past ten days, the Jets have hired a new coach, put together an impressive winning streak, and looked every bit like the playoff-contending team they
should could be. Yes, it appears The Little Franchise From Manitoba That Could is finally on the right track.
But hold on. What's that up ahead on the tracks? A duck. A gigantic duck, in fact, who's won 19 of its last 21 games, outscoring its opponents an astounding 82-46 during that stretch. This massive, all-consuming duck has one wing named "Getzlaf" and another they call "Perry", and when both of those hulking wings get going, the duck becomes unflappable.
Alright, I'll stop with the whole train/duck thing.
January 20 2014 09:31PM
On this week's episode, the guys try to rationalize their excitement for Paul Maurice, his future with the Winnipeg Jets and if there are going to be any other options to fill the head coaching position once the season is over. All that, plus Byfuglien at forward, the media attacking our weaker players and this week's test down in California.
January 20 2014 08:55AM
During and after the fireworks in Vancouver on Saturday night, many people wanted to get on Canucks head coach John Tortorella for being so mad. Claiming that if he didn’t want or expect that to happen, he should have put out a more skilled line.