Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel pre-game scrum
Coach Noel gave his players the day off yesterday to rest them up for tonight’s match-up against division rival Tampa Bay. He met with the media this morning.
Coach Noel – Comments on firing of coach Boucher. What was it like when he took over for coach Hitchcock? Difficult part of coming in when someone has been released. Did he get a sense players are more energized? Is there a malaise hitting teams this season? Managing the players energy (thinking for game vs. playoffs). Injury updates (Wright – on IR, Stuart – will not be in game, Hainsey – not in game, Enstrom – off IR and in tonight, Peluso – week to week, Slater – week to week, Mario Lemieux – oh we don’t have him). Optional practice. Keys to managing injuries.