It’s a busy day for Winnipeg as they are leading into tomorrows draft, perhaps not as busy as some (Philadelphia has apparently traded Jeff Carter to Columbus and Calgary may be shipping Regher to Buffalo) but it’s still been a busy day none the less.
This morning it was reported on TSN that Claude Noel has won out the head coaching job for the new Winnipeg team. Noel spent last year in Winnipeg as the bench boss for the Manitoba Moose where he was 43-30-7 and led the Moose into the second round of the playoffs.
His only NHL head coaching experience comes with the Blue Jackets where he was the interim head coach for 24 games in 2010.
The focus will now turn towards the draft tomorrow and the signing of free agents at the NHL level while at the AHL level in St. John’s the search for a coach will heat up with the strong possibility that Kirk Muller will be a prime candidate to earn his first head coaching gig and gain some valuable experience. Once we are able to locate more reliable sources on potential names for the AHL coach we’ll let you know until now that part remains pure speculation and rumour but Noel’s hiring is all but official waiting a formal announcement prior to the draft tomorrow.
While the possibility of the team name being announced tomorrow remains a possibility we expect it will not be announced until after the draft.