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Winnipeg Jets fire Claude Noel

Jan 12, 2014, 10:57 AM EST

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The Winnipeg Jets have decided to fire head coach Claude Noel, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger. The franchise will also part ways with assistant Perry Pearn.

Noel was the new Jets’ first coach since they moved from Atlanta. He failed to make the playoffs in the team’s first two seasons and Winnipeg currents sits in last place in the Central Division after dropping five straight contests.

You could argue he’s been more noteworthy for what he’s said after games than what his team has done during them. He wasn’t shy about bashing his own squad, once saying that he doesn’t “have enough players to sit everybody.

His relationship with forward Evander Kane has also been a source of speculation.

Even still, the Jets have some serious problems and firing their bench boss isn’t likely to completely reverse their fortunes. Perhaps they’ll follow this up with a significant trade in the coming weeks, but the more immediate question is who Noel’s replacement will be.

Update: The Jets have confirmed Noel and Pearn’s firing. They also announced that Paul Maurice will serve as the team’s new bench boss. He’ll bring with him a wealth of experience after coaching in 1,084 NHL games.

  1. lowenni - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    It was necesarry, the team isn’t heading in the right direction. They play in a tough conference, but simply put this team should be performing better given the talent they have. I don’t think Noel’s system worked and he couldn’t seem to find a good relationship with his players. I always got the feeling that they didn’t really respect him. I hope for the sake of such a loyal and rabid fanbase that the team starts winning under Maurice.

    • puregreed - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      Talent? Yes some good young players but still no first or fourth line. Tangradi, Wright, etc are AHL players. Wheeler Ladd and Little are second liners at best. Kane and Scheif and Trouba have loads of talent but too young. This team does not have the players for a playoff spot.

      • lowenni - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:38 PM

        I didn’t say they were gonna make the playoffs, I just said they were underperforming. A team can play hard and well and structured but still lose at times. No, they don’t have top-end talent, but Little, Kane, Wheeler, Scheifele, and Ladd should all be producing more and Noel couldn’t get them to do that. They have a good D core with Buff (although he’s now at forward), Enstrom, Bogosian, Trouba, and Stuart. They have a good enough team that they shouldn’t play like a bad one.

    • amyekessler - Jan 12, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      $85 an hour! Seriously I don’t know why more people haven’t tried this, I work two shifts, 2 hours in the day and 2 in the evening…And what’s awesome is I’m working from home so I get more time with my kids. Heres where I went… Buzz19.COM

    • amyekessler - Jan 12, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      $85 an hour! Seriously I don’t know why more people haven’t tried this, I work two shifts, 2 hours in the day and 2 in the evening…And what’s awesome is I’m working from home so I get more time with my kids. Heres where I went… w­­­w­­­w.Buzz19.COM

      • lowenni - Jan 12, 2014 at 3:19 PM

        die

  2. packerswin96 - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Right move to fire Noel, wrong move to hire Maurice. 1 step forward, 2 steps back!

    • elvispocomo - Jan 12, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      Care to elaborate on why you think so? Not that he would have been the first choice for me, but curious why he’s such a negative for you?

    • storminator16 - Jan 12, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      I’m not the biggest Maurice fan but he will be a shot in the arm for the boys, at least for the rest of this season. He won’t come in beating his chest and he’ll try to give them some positive reinforcement. Don’t be shocked if many of the Jets turn it around after the Olympic break. Maurice had to learn a lesson or two from his last time in Carolina and his stint in Metallurg so I don’t think he’ll do a bad job; that cat is still young. I also don’t think he’ll come in and change the Jets’ current system. He may just tinker with their style of play, which won’t put too much pressure on them as they try to figure out how to win games. Winnipeg has a fair bit of talent despite what some may think.

      At least, if the boys don’t turn it around he’s not going to be them over the head in the media like Noel did.

  3. canadapackers - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    It is about time. This guy was trying to be a Tortarello – or a Tortajello. This team is simply too talented to play the way they do – inconsistent and horrible on the road. Time to get God’s gift to hockey – Pierre McGuire in to coach.

    • puregreed - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      Talent? Yes some good young players but still no first or fourth line. Tangradi, Wright, etc are AHL players. Wheeler Ladd and Little are second liners at best. Kane and Scheif and Trouba have loads of talent but too young. This team does not have the players for a playoff spot.

  4. penguins87and71 - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Shocker.

  5. kicksave1980 - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    It had to happen, but it won’t matter. They have some good players, but I don’t think it’s going to come together in Winnipeg until there’s a major roster overhaul.

  6. crazemastercraze - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Finally. But it shouldn’t end there. The team needs a complete redesign. Wouldn’t mind seeing a majority of the former Atlanta players moved if possible

  7. Wineshard - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    When the other team goes out of its way to comment on how the Jets have no system then you know the coach is lacking. He has either no system or the players refuse to carry out the system as they have lost respect for the coach.

    Either way the coach has to go.

  8. thesportsjudge - Jan 12, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    He was on the hot seat once a Penguins player said they were a joke.

    *Note to Pittsburgh fans the EXTREME sarcasm.

  9. molsonexport - Jan 12, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Can Paul Maurice play goalie?

  10. pavelfitzgerald - Jan 12, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    How many times are you going to post the same thing puregreed?

    • puregreed - Jan 12, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      87 times,wait or it…..

  11. pavelfitzgerald - Jan 12, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    This team does have talent. The arguement that Tangradi/Wright/etc. is dumb because it’s a 4th line & they play 5 minutes a night.
    The last two years Ladd/Little/Wheeler’s production has been comparable to other top lines in the league; having said that this is not a top line on a contender.
    The long term goal is to have them as a second line with Kane/Schefiele/? On the first line. Who that winger is depends on a trade or free agency as there is simply no one in the system.
    I hope Maurice was only signed to the end of the year ala Nolan as he has a barely above .500 coaching career record & this feels like replacing one mediocre coach with a alightly more mediocre coach. None of this matters though as long as Pavelec is the goalie. He is simply horrawful & under contract for another 4 years

    • puregreed - Jan 12, 2014 at 3:15 PM

      Wright plays less than 5 mins a night? Last year was their best year statistically and the year before that Wheeler 64 pts, Ladd 50 and Little 46. If you think that is first line material, I can waste anymore time talking to you.

      • storminator16 - Jan 12, 2014 at 3:23 PM

        I think you overrate what a first line is, puregreed. That’s the talking point in the ‘Peg? I’m sure many teams would love to have Ladd or Wheeler on their first lines.

    • storminator16 - Jan 12, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      I remember when Pavelec signed that contract. All the talking heads were “talking” him up, but I’ve seen a fair enough of Thrashers/Jets games to know better. That was a signing reeking of “who are we going to replace him with?”. NHL GMs need to stop doing that, Pavelec is a replaceable player.

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