Posts Tagged ‘Claude Noel’

Top Line: Jaromir Jagr aims at Gretzky; Big job for new Jets coach; more links

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Jaromir Jagr of the New Jersey Devils

Jaromir Jagr reckons if anyone can play in the NHL until age 70, he can. (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

• Now that he’s passed his old buddy Mario Lemieux on the NHL’s all-time scoring list, Jaromir Jagr has his eyes set on Wayne Gretzky, even if it takes him until he’s 70 to catch him. He was joking … we think.

• The way Martin Brodeur is playing, Jagr might have some company along the way to an active old age.

• It’s a good thing that Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz are scoring for the Penguins, because pretty much no one else is.

• Speaking of the Penguins, Third String Goalie digs up a 1999 episode of the PBS show Frontline that looks back at the attempt of former Pittsburgh owner Howard Baldwin to rescue the legendary Russian Red Army team from bankruptcy … until the Russian mafia got in the way.

• Here’s how to read between the lines of what Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said during Sunday’s press conference so you’ll understand what he really meant while announcing the firing of coach Claude Noel and the hiring of Paul Maurice.

• Players who skated for Maurice in Carolina expect him to work wonders with the Winnipeg Jets.

• Mark Spector says solving the dilemma of “immature freelancers” Dustin Byfuglien and Evander Kane will be Maurice’s greatest challenge.

• Here are six areas of concern that Maurice has to address to get the Jets back on the right flight path. Yep, only six.

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  • Published On Jan 13, 2014
  • Are desperate Winnipeg Jets moving Dustin Byfuglien back to forward?

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    Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel and Dustin Byfuglien

    His Jets in a death spiral, coach Claude Noel is trying to get Dustin Byfuglien’s attention. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    It’s no secret that the Winnipeg Jets are in a tailspin, playing some of their worst hockey since moving to Manitoba from Atlanta three years ago.

    They’ve lost four straight, prompting talk of blockbuster swaps or the firing of coach Claude Noel as the means of getting the team back on track before it’s too late.

    But with cap issues strangling the trade market and Noel seemingly immune to accountability for the team’s consistent failings, the Jets might be looking in a different direction to change their mojo:

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  • Published On Jan 09, 2014
  • Top Line: Habs bench P.K. Subban; Sabres close in on new GM; more links

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    PK Subban of the Montreal Canadiens

    Newly-minted Olympian P.K. Subban (76) is still paying for his sins in Montreal. (Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • The relationship between Michel Therrien and P.K. Subban eroded just a little bit more last night when the Canadiens’ coach benched his star defenseman for more than 10 minutes with the game on the line. Mike Boone argues that it’s fine to hold Subban accountable for his mistakes, but Therrien seems to delight in picking on him while letting other culpable players off the hook. With Subban’s contract coming up this summer, there’s reason to think he might be looking for a way out rather than a home run.

    • For Pat LaFontaine, his process for selecting the next general manager of the Sabres comes down to trust. It’s expected that he’ll name Tim Murray as that trustworthy guy at a press conference this morning.

    • Here’s an absolute must-read for minor hockey coaches and families on what might be the best approach for teaching kids how to play the game. There’s so much logic here that it’s hard to believe that Blair Becker’s methods aren’t already widespread.

    • Canada has a secret weapon heading into Sochi, but he won’t be on the ice.

    • Will Steve Yzerman’s decision to leave Martin St. Louis off of Team Canada come back to haunt the Lightning? That’s the worry in Tampa, where there’s concern that this decision will damage the relationship between the star player and the GM beyond repair.

    • Even NHL players can’t help but play the Team Canada 2 game. Not sure they should be labeling someone “Princess Phaneuf” though …

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  • Published On Jan 09, 2014


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