March 27 2014 04:30AM
The Winnipeg Jets and Paul Maurice remind me of my early 20’s when you go out with a girl a few times, and aren’t sure how to introduce each other when you bump into someone you know. Without coming out and saying it, they’re going through that awkward, ‘We’re just seeing each other stage’ in their relationship. Neither side has committed past this season, which makes the sex is probably pretty good, but only because you know you might be able to get a little action on the side without having to feel guilty about it. The question is, is the sex good enough from either side to make that commitment?
As it stands, there is no contract for Paul Maurice to return as bench boss for the Jets next season, he himself has stated that he wants to make sure it’s the right fit for him, and for his family before he signs on long term. For the Jets, was it just a band aid to appease the fans that were calling for coach Noel’s head on a platter, ‘cause if they were willing to hold out until the end of the season, there would be a few candidates that I know the fans and the brass would be interested in pursuing.
Think of coaches like a song you really love, y’know the one that you add to every playlist you make. You listen to that song until you know every note and lyric inside and out and could sing the entire thing in the shower without fail. That song eventually loses its luster a little, and although you get excited the odd time it pops up when you hit ‘shuffle’, you’re not committing to listening to it at nauseam anymore. Its message has lost its meaning to you, and although you can still hum along to it when you hear it, you’re not belting it out at the top of your lungs when you’re in the car with the windows rolled up. Coaches are the same way to the players, a new message in the locker room, with new practice techniques and systems and exciting for the players, it’s a change up from the monotony of the predecessors, and can lift a team to unexpected heights… for a time. Some messages from coaches, like songs, can wear out quick, while other have a longer shelf life.
Claude Noel = Ylvis - What Does The Fox Say?
Funny for a week or so, but then everyone realizes it’s a funny song, and shouldn’t be taken seriously.
Paul Maurice = Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball
Hits #1 on the pop charts, can’t get enough of it… Then everyone realizes it’s Miley Cyrus, and quickly denies ever liking the song.
See where I’m going with this? The Jets need a bench boss that’s closer to a Pink Floyd, or an Alanis Morissette (obligatory Canadian Content mention), who spend YEARS, sometimes DECADES on the charts.
Enter Barry Trotz. He’s been coach of the Nashville Predators since 1998, he’s the only coach The Preds have ever seen behind the bench… and he’s at risk of losing his job this year. There’s been no speculation on this topic, but the writing is on the wall. Coach for 16 years, has made the playoffs in 7 of those years, and from the looks of it, will miss the playoffs for the 2nd consecutive season. But if The Jets are looking for guy who’s message is going to last more than a couple seasons, this is the guy. Did I mention he’s a born and bred Manitoban (Dauphin).
How about goold ‘ol former Jet, Randy Carlyle? It seems to be the Leafs M.O. to swap coaches after missing playoffs a couple years in a row, so why wouldn’t we bring back a former Moose (and Jets) alum to (once again) appease the fans with a familiar face from the Jets 1.0? I realize you can’t put the entire blame on Kitty for the Leafs collapse in the playoffs last year, or this year heading towards the post season, but the Leafs brass like to shoot first and hire someone later. Could be an option for the Jets if they pull the trigger on letting him loose on his contract, plus we know Dave Nonis likes to fire people to cover up his inadequacies.
But, when it’s all said and done, the sex might be good enough for Maurice and Jets to sign an initial contract to stay behind the bench, but don’t look for that to happen until after the Cup had been handed out and before the draft, Chevy and Zinger might be thinking the same things I am?!? Maybe?!? At least we don’t have a coach who yells at his players for ruining a new custom suit.
March 27 2014 12:20AM
Despite the Jets controlling possession of the puck for the majority of the game, the scoring chance count didn’t exactly play out as you would have expected it to.
March 27 2014 12:16AM
The Jets probably deserved a lot better than they got Monday night against the Stars. Once again they outplayed Dallas, but the lineup was just too short handed to put anything of relevance together until it was too late. Such is the life in Winnipeg, and it will continue to be this way until some true depth is created throughout the organization.
March 26 2014 12:26PM
On this week's episode, the guys give up on the Jets playoff hopes and start planning for the future; we play the trading game and discuss possible goaltenders. All that, plus all of your favourites: Fair or Foul, Spelling Bee and our yet-to-be-named Reddit segment.
March 26 2014 11:50AM
Yesterday we had a terrific article by Dave Wheeler from Wheeler In the Morning about the Jets making strides over the past three seasons. No doubt, a 10th place finish in the West is better than a 10th place finish in the Southeast, and the Jets logged more travel miles this season than in their first thanks to the geographic spread of Western cities. The circumstances are harder, so running in place is actually a sign of improvement.
Still, it's slow improvement and has a low ceiling so far. The GM claims to be building from within and building toward a long-term, renewable success - something we can all get behind in principle.
However, I’m on record as being more cynical about this plan. Do we really have to wait 5 more years for the Jets to make the playoffs? When does this GM intend to compete for the serious hardware? Are the Jets really growing players who will be better than what they have right now?