The Winnipeg Jets have made their first important signing of the summer by extending coach, Claude Noel’s contract for another year, keeping him at the franchise until after the 2014-15 season.
The three-year contract Noel signed when the Jets hired him in 2011 was set to expire after next season, but the progress being made under his tenure has now convinced the franchise to keep faith in the 57-year old.
Noel has overseen a 61-56-13 record with the Jets, but once again failed to lead the team into the Stanley Cup play-offs for the second year since their move to Winnipeg; it was their sixth season as a franchise without progressing to the postseason.
But while Noel’s Jets couldn’t quite secure a place in the play-offs, NHL betting pundits note that there were plenty of positives from last season, not least the performances of players like captain Andrew Ladd, forward, Evander Kane, and defenseman, Zach Bogosian.
With assistant coaches, Charlie Huddy, Perry Pearn, and ...