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Winnipeg Jets fire coach Claude Noel, replace him with Paul Maurice

  • FILE -  In a Sept. 27, 2013, file photo Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel speaks to his team during the first period of an NHL pre-season hockey game against the Boston Bruins in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The Jets have fired Noel and hired Paul Maurice as his replacement.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Liam Richards)

    FILE - In a Sept. 27, 2013, file photo Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel speaks to his team during the first period of an NHL pre-season hockey game against the Boston Bruins in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The Jets have fired Noel and hired Paul Maurice as his replacement. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Liam Richards)  (The Associated Press)

  • Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel, right, and assistant coach Perry Pearn talk during first period NHL action against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. Noel is out as coach of the Jets, replaced by Paul Maurice. Pearn was also fired.(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods)

    Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel, right, and assistant coach Perry Pearn talk during first period NHL action against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. Noel is out as coach of the Jets, replaced by Paul Maurice. Pearn was also fired.(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods)  (The Associated Press)

Claude Noel has been fired as coach by the Winnipeg Jets and replaced with Paul Maurice.

Noel was fired amid a five-game losing streak that dropped the Jets to 19-23-5 and 10 points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Noel, hired after the Atlanta Thrashers moved to Winnipeg before the 2011-12 season, went 80-79-18 during his tenure with the Jets.

Assistant Perry Pearn was also fired.

Maurice inherits a team that has struggled in its third season in Winnipeg thanks in part to inadequate goaltending and defensive breakdowns. The 46-year-old has been behind the bench as an NHL head coach for 1,084 games.