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Noel exasperated by ‘demoralizing’ Jets power play

Oct 28, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT

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After going 0-for-5 with the man advantage during Sunday’s 3-2 loss to Colorado, Winnipeg now finds itself with the NHL’s fifth-worst (11.8 percent) power play.

For head coach Claude Noel — who saw the unit finish dead last (13.8 percent) last season — enough is enough.

Noel went on a lengthy complaint during last night’s postgame scrum. Video’s below, but here are the transcribed highlights:

“The power play’s getting old, but these are the same players that we had last year. I think what we’re proving is there’s a reason why we were last last year.

“At the end of the day, we don’t make the greatest decisions. We don’t execute, and this is the same stuff we lamented about before. We all know and you guys know it ended up costing us the game. We were 0-for-5. It cost us the game, because it’s a momentum-killer.

“It’s like shooting yourself in the foot over and over. It does a lot of things to you, and none of it’s positive. It demoralizes you, takes momentum away and it adds frustration.”

Sounds awesome!

As mentioned, here’s the clip. The good stuff starts around 2:20.

One has to wonder how much longer Noel has in Winnipeg. The Jets are off to another uneven start (5-6-2) despite the fact they’ve played eight of their first 13 games at home.

  1. sjsblitz - Oct 28, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Not a fan of Claude Noel. Team has massive potential, but is being held back, kinda like how Sacco was doing with the Avs. Replace this bum. I hear Peter Lavi. is looking for a new coaching job

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 29, 2013 at 12:08 AM

      As much as I love Chevy and drink his Kool-aid, I think he may be loyal to a fault. If they were to let Noel go, they would probably bring someone up from inside the organization to replace him.

  2. canucks30 - Oct 28, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    He’ll be more exasperated when he’s fired shortly

  3. amityvillefun - Oct 28, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    He looks like a man who eats prunes….and nothing happens…

  4. storminator16 - Oct 28, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    He s starting to suffer from the Sarah Palin syndrome: you stick a mic in his face and let him dig his own hole.

    GM Kevin Cheveldayoff can’t be too impressed with his” but these are the same players that we had last year” comment. I’m just waiting for the “We love Claude, he is our coach” kiss of death from the owner. Noel is done, son.

  5. jernster21 - Oct 28, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Noel looks like he knows more about luring kids into his white van than he does hockey.

  6. tdrusher225 - Oct 28, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Countdown to Claude Noel’s firing continues.

  7. 19to77 - Oct 28, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    If Noel wants to talk about things that demoralize players, he should start with a look in the nearest mirror. He’s the most vocally demeaning, cynical coach in the League and doesn’t seem to be willing or capable of anything but insulting his players in the media. He’s miles out of his depth in the NHL, so he just tells the journalists that his players suck and it’s not his fault.

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