Winnipeg Jets Must Consider Alain Vigneault

By Andy Schmidt
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The Winnipeg Jets are about to go through a series of changes before next season begins. They will finally get the much-needed adjustment in their division during realignment which will cut down on their travel greatly. The team also just missed out on the playoffs which could lead to thoughts about whether or not Winnipeg would look to replace coach Claude Noel. There is one name that is out there that strikes the interest of everyone.

The name Alain Vigneault is floating out there now that he has been fired by the Vancouver Canucks. The Jets have been so close to the playoffs the last two seasons without making it that maybe a new coach with winning experience could push them over the top. Winnipeg had trouble scoring on the power play this season and was way down in the NHL in giving up goals, but is it possible that the Jets would try to get Vigneault and maybe he brings Roberto Luongo with him to be the new goalie? It’s a very interesting possibility.

I’m not sure that Luongo would love the idea of playing under Vigneault again  after he was benched this season. The Jets will have the chance to rest on road trips now since they won’t need to travel thousands of miles for a divisional game, and that fact can only help moving ahead. I think the Jets will stick with Noel as their coach, but there will be a lot of chatter towards the team going after Vigneault. I guess we will have to wait and see if Winnipeg pulls the trigger on any moves like that.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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