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This segment recently aired on TSN.
“If you didn’t have a chance we wouldn’t come here. You wouldn’t play the game. There’s always a way to win games. We are just as able to win this game as they are.
“We know the challenges. They’re at home, they’ve done very well lately. So bring it on.”
-Winnipeg Jest head coach Claude Noel before facing the Penguins tonight. More from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun.
from Paul Waldie of the Globe and Mail,
The Winnipeg Jets managed to look more like a soap opera Thursday than a hockey team fighting for a playoff spot with drama coming on several fronts.
It all started shortly after the team’s morning skate when forward Evander Kane appeared before reporters looking contrite. Kane, who leads the team in scoring with 18 goals, had been benched briefly during Winnipeg’s 5-3 loss in Boston on Tuesday and he was called out publicly after the game by head coach Claude Noel for poor play.
“It’s something I have to deal with and I have to be better,” Kane said Thursday looking downcast. He added that he had not spoken with Noel since the Boston game. “The coach’s job is to do what he thinks is best for the team and I want to be able to contribute and I want to be able to help the team out…I need to better, I know I can be better and I will be better,” Kane added.
When Noel appeared before reporters later he blamed the media for provoking him into the comments.
Alex Ovechkin scored very late in the game to give the Caps a 1-0 victory.
Jets coach Claude Noel’s media conference post-game had a feel of a college lecture than the normal press conference we are used to.
from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Winless in three tries and in a terrible nosedive to open the season, the Jets are both perplexing and vexing their boss. And the man who stepped up to the podium following Sunday’s optional skate at the MTS Centre looked and sounded nothing like the jovial sort who entertained everyone prior to the historic Oct. 9 opener.
“If I look at the three games and the way they went… are we achieving to the level that I think we should be? The answer would be no, we are underachieving. We are way below the bar,” Noel said Sunday in a tell-itlike- it-is autopsy of his club.
“Why is that? Why are you, an NHL player, playing like an American league player? And it’s not one or two, it’s more than that. What has happened between last season, training camp and the start? Where did this go sideways? You can’t tell me this is what we are, because if anybody was enthusiastic about the season, I was. I believe we can be a playoff team.
“But we don’t look like one now.”
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
Since Noel took over after the firing of Ken Hitchcock on Feb. 3, most of the team’s young players’ performances have spiked, and the club’s 10-9-5 record - while not glamorous - has been a mild improvement.
But the question that general manager Scott Howson must answer is whether Noel is the long-term solution for the long-suffering Blue Jackets, whether his quirky, unconventional approach is more than just an antidote to Hitchcock’s hard-tack style at the end of another lost season.
“Claude has done an impressive job here under difficult circumstances” is the extent of what Howson would say yesterday.
Still, it’s quite possible - perhaps even likely - that Noel’s last game behind the Blue Jackets’ bench will be at 7 tonight, when the Detroit Red Wings visit Nationwide Arena.