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Team: Winnipeg Jets
Age / DOB:  (58) / 10/31/1955
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 165
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The Winnipeg Jets have reportedly fired coach Claude Noel.
Noel wasn't afraid of being critical of his own team, but he might have pushed things too far on occasion in that regard. That being said, it's easy to accept this decision as being purely results based. The Jets are working to establish themselves in Winnipeg and it will be hard to do that without showing signs of progress. Since the franchise move and Noel took them over, they've been consistently mediocre and while the blame shouldn't rest exclusively on his shoulders, a coaching change was to be expected. Jan 12 - 10:56 AM

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Winnipeg coach Claude Noel was frustrated with his team's performance in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay.

"It was probably the worst we played," Noel said. "We had nothing. We got no play out of very little, so for me it's not a good day. (We couldn't) muster anything. Shots, the battles, anything. We didn't create. We got a couple power play goals, but it was an empty game that we got very little production in any facet of the game. I don't have the answers. I don't have them 15 minutes after that." The Jets posted just 14 shots on goal in the contest and the team has lost four games in a row now.
Jan 8 - 7:57 AM

Winnipeg was a confident group entering this season, but they haven't had a good start with nearly half of 2013-14 in the books.

"I think the expectations have risen every year," Blake Wheeler said before the Jets left for their road trip which led into the Christmas break. "We took a step last year and we just missed the playoffs. I think a lot of us felt we were a playoff team." Winnipeg sits eight points back of Phoenix for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference and they are losing ground because the club has gone 3-6-1 in their past 10 games.
Thu, Dec 26, 2013 08:42:00 AM

Winnipeg coach Claude Noel said he doesn't "deal in moral victories" after Thursday's 4-3 shootout loss to Colorado.

"Right now, we're a .500 hockey team and .500 isn't good enough," he said. "It's not going to cut it and it hasn't cut it in the past. It's put us below the line and this year in the conference we're in, it won't come close. You're going to be really scrambling. So we know the urgency of all that stuff. But it has to happen in our actions, not in words. Words, for me, and moral victories are empty. There's no substance to that -- the substance is in your actions. You want to change it, change it on the ice." Noel's job with the club could be in jeopardy if the Jets continue to struggle.
Fri, Dec 13, 2013 06:39:00 AM

The Winnipeg Jets will host an outdoor game in the winter of 2016 when the Heritage Classic takes place at Winnipeg's Investors Group Field.

"The NHL has confirmed to me they are going to do an outdoor game in Winnipeg. I don't have a specific date to announce but it would be our preference that we do it in the 2015-16 season," chairman Mark Chipman said Monday evening. "The date hasn't been confirmed but our preference is to do it then. The league's commitment to doing an outdoor game in our city is fantastic. It's something we've been talking about for some time and it's part of a significant strategy to do outdoor games and it will be great to be a part of it. We just have to firm up some details and hopefully we'll have a date to announce fairly soon."
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 07:33:00 AM

Winnipeg coach Claude Noel may start playing anybody and everybody when it comes to the team's struggling power play.

"We're trying to find personnel more than anything," Noel said. "We've got our 23 players but I don't think there's a lock on who can be on the power play. We need execution, puck recovery, winning battles, we need production and we're not getting it. So there could be all kinds of personnel, kind of like an audition. Who wants things? I'll just judge by who's playing well in the game. If guys are going good in the game, maybe they go." Fourth-liners James Wright, Eric Tangradi and Anthony Peluso got looks with the man advantage during Sunday's practice. The Jets have gone four straight games without scoring a power-play goal and have the league's 28th ranked squad in manpower situations.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 09:25:00 AM

Winnipeg's power play continues to be absolutely brutal this season.

The Jets haven't scored in six games, which has amounted to a 0-for-17 stretch with the man advantage. The club required a 5-on-3 in St. Louis back on Oct. 29 to snap a 0-for-26 drought. Winnipeg is still last in the league with six goals on 71 opportunities for an 8.4 power-play success rate.
Fri, Nov 15, 2013 06:13:00 AM

The Winnipeg Jets own the worst power play in the NHL heading into Tuesday night's action.

The team has six goals on 68 opportunities for a measly 8.8 efficiency rating. Blake Wheeler leads the team with two power-play markers. Dustin Byfuglien, Tobias Enstrom and Evander Kane soak up plenty of time with the man advantage, but they haven't found the back of the net yet.
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 06:12:00 AM

Winnipeg coach Claude Noel was disappointed with Sunday's 3-2 loss to Colorado.

"In the third you could say we imploded. Our decisions were poor. But I thought they were poor in spots throughout the game and we still managed to be up 2-1," Noel said. "It's a situation where we could have closed the game out. You look at the last two goals and there were some mistakes that were poor, poor in a lot of ways. Things that we haven't done to that degree lately. We created quite a few of our own problems, whether it's breakout, blind passes through the middle... some of the stuff we did, you had to really give your head a shake." The Jets have a 5-6-2 record now and their power play has been sagging as well, with their last goal coming on Oct. 11 against Dallas.
Mon, Oct 28, 2013 09:20:00 AM

Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel's job might be dependent on his team improving in the not too distant future.

Winnipeg is off to a 4-5-0 start in a campaign where they're hoping to make the playoffs. "My job is to get the best out of our team and our players," Noel said. "That's very clear. That's my job and if I don't do that, there's consequences. I clearly understand those things." Winnipeg will host the Washington Capitals today before going on a four-game road trip. When they get back they will play two games against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks and a contest versus the Atlantic Division leading Detroit Red Wings. In other words, things aren't about to get any easier for the Jets.
Tue, Oct 22, 2013 11:20:00 AM

Winnipeg performed dismally against Minnesota on faceoffs (16 for 61) and shots on goal (15) during Thursday's 2-1 defeat.

"It definitely makes the game a lot easier when you're starting out with the puck," Winnipeg captain Andrew Ladd said. "Especially on power plays, stuff like that. It would be nice to have a little more jump in our game, win some more battles. That'll be the key for us tomorrow, to get back to battling the right way." The Jets will be looking for a better effort in Friday's match-up versus Dallas.
Fri, Oct 11, 2013 05:27:00 AM

The Jets made 11 cuts from their roster Friday.

Reassigned to St. John's of the AHL were forwards Austen Brassard, Blair Riley, J.C. Lipon, Jason Jaffray, John Albert, Kael Mouillierat and Will O'Neill, defensemen Cody Sol and Brenden Kichton and goalie Jussi Olkinuora. Ian White, who was in the Jets' camp on a tryout basis was also released.
Sat, Sep 21, 2013 03:10:00 PM

GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Winnipeg Jets.

Cheveldayoff already had a few years left on his previous contract, so he's now signed through 2017-18. That's a big commitment for a general manager that's only had two seasons on the job and is overseeing a franchise that's still fighting to get back into the playoffs. That being said, the Jets are going into the 2013-14 campaign with a decent shot of advancing to the postseason.
Wed, Sep 18, 2013 12:20:00 PM

The Winnipeg Jets will open training camp on Thursday with a whopping 58 players.

"It's good. The more depth that you have ... right now it looks like we're shaping up to have four pretty solid lines with a solid set of defense," said coach Claude Noel. "The one thing that is good for us is the motor that drives the team is really the competition that gets created between the players. That's something that as a coach you have to drive and you have to do that through accountability." Devin Setoguchi, Michael Frolik and Matt Halischuk are new additions to the roster who the Jets are exited about. Prospects Mark Scheifele and Jacob Trouba are also projected to start the season in the NHL, which could help add to the team's depth.
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 09:24:00 AM

Assistant coach Pascal Vincent will handle Winnipeg's much-maligned power play this season.

The Jets finished dead last in power play efficiency last year, with 20 goals on 145 opportunities. Winnipeg also struggled on the penalty kill, where the team ended up 24th overall with a 79.7 percent kill rate. "You've got to work with your own personnel and one of the things that's clear is we have to do a better job with net presence," said head coach Claude Noel. Perry Pearn will work with the team's penalty kill units.
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 10:22:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Bryan Little
2Mark Scheifele
3Mathieu Perreault
4Jim Slater
LW1Andrew Ladd
2Evander Kane
3Adam Lowry
4T.J. Galiardi
5Chris Thorburn
RW1Blake Wheeler
2Dustin Byfuglien
3Michael Frolik
4Matt Halischuk
5Anthony Peluso
D1Tobias Enstrom
2Zach Bogosian
3Jacob Trouba
4Grant Clitsome
5Mark Stuart
6Adam Pardy
7Paul Postma
G1Ondrej Pavelec
2Michael Hutchinson