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Noel gets one-year extension to coach Jets

Jun 24, 2013, 2:51 PM EDT

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Claude Noel won’t go into training camp as a lame-duck head coach. Today, the Winnipeg Jets announced they’ve given him a one-year contract extension that runs through the 2014-15 season.

The Jets have missed the playoffs the past two seasons under Noel. Hence, the somewhat lukewarm vote of confidence from management.

With the coaching question answered, at least for now, Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff will turn his focus to the draft on June 30 (Jets will pick 13th), as well as the team’s throng of restricted free agents that includes Blake Wheeler, Zach Bogosian, and potential trade candidate Alexander Burmistrov.

  1. howintensive - Jun 24, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    This guy definitely needs a contract for a little longer than a year. I like the direction Winnipeg is going, and they’ll definitely be contenders in a Western Conference where 8/14 teams make the playoffs. Coaches these days are on so much pressure to make the playoffs, that if they miss them for 3+ years, they’re out. Even if the team’s trending upward and finally nave most of the pieces in place, a coach that misses the playoffs too often is out. Which takes the entire team back to square one.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      I was just going to ask, do they not believe in this guy?

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