January 12

Winnipeg fires coach Claude Noel

The Jets hire Paul Maurice, who has coached 1,084 NHL games.

The Associated Press

TORONTO — Claude Noel was fired as coach by the Winnipeg Jets and replaced with Paul Maurice.

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Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel was fired Sunday and replaced by Paul Maurice as his replacement.

The Associated Press

Noel was fired amid a five-game losing streak that dropped the Jets to 19-23-5 and 10 points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Noel, hired after the Atlanta Thrashers moved to Winnipeg before the 2011-12 season, went 80-79-18 during his tenure with the Jets.

Assistant Perry Pearn was also fired.

Maurice inherits a team that has struggled in its third season in Winnipeg thanks in part to inadequate goaltending and defensive breakdowns. The 46-year-old has been behind the bench as an NHL head coach for 1,084 games.

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