NOEL: 'To me we have enough (talent). You are going to have a hard time convincing me that we don't. But that's what I've got to get across to our team. It's not like it hasn't been brought up, but it has to go deeper than that. You've got to take it to another level. That's what you do as a coach … you've got to find the buttons to keep going. Why do you have this area where it looks like we are satisfied? Where does that come from? It certainly doesn't come from me.'
Claude Noel doesn’t like what he sees and doesn’t sound like he has any answers for the frustratingly inconsistent play of the Winnipeg Jets.
A day after the Jets were humbled 4-1 by the injury-ravaged Florida Panthers, the head coach remained perplexed by the team’s listless performance, at once talking about not dwelling on Tuesday’s game while sounding like he is.
“Nothing feels better today,” Noel told reporters at the team’s hotel Wednesday in Tampa, where they will take on the Lightning Thursday.
“You can’t throw that one out at all.”
This is a stretch of the season that could define Noel as a coach.