May 1, 2013
No word on extension for Jets coach Claude Noel
By PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff (left) and head coach Claude Noel pose with their first-round pick Mark Scheifele (centre) at the 2011 NHL draft in St. Paul, Minn., June 24, 2011. (Eric Miller/Reuters/Files)

WINNIPEG - Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff would not commit to extending the contract of head coach Claude Noel in his first public comments since the Jets season ended.

Noel is entering the third and final year of his deal, and Cheveldayoff would only confirm the status quo as it stands today.

“Claude Noel is the head coach of the Winnipeg Jets,” the GM said. “He’s under contract. I know you’re going to ask what about an extension... there’s processes that have to go through.

“We met with the coaches the other day. How do you get better? What are you going to do? What’s your plan? There’s always evaluations. This is a brutal sport when it comes to the end results.”

Cheveldayoff said Season 2 was “eerily similar” in some ways to the Jets first season back in the NHL.

He noted the Jets fought and clawed for a playoff spot until the end, but were done in by inconsistency throughout the year.



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