WINNIPEG – After missing the playoffs in each of the first two seasons after moving from Atlanta, the Winnipeg Jets expected to be on course for a postseason berth in 2013-14.
An inconsistent start to the season and a recent slump has left the Jets far from the playoff picture, so it was time for a big change. The Jets fired coach Claude Noel and replaced him with Paul Maurice, the team announced Sunday.
Assistant coach Perry Pearn was also let go. Assistant coaches Charlie Huddy and Pascal Vincent, goaltending coach Wade Flaherty and video coach Tony Borgford remain on the Jets' coaching staff.
The Jets have lost five straight games, are 19-23-5 and in last place in the Central Division.