WINNIPEG Jets fans grew addicted to healthy doses of Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel in the NHL's first season back in the city. Noel has been mostly under wraps since the lockout began due to the league's "gag" order but he did address a scrum of reporters Monday before one of his weekly minor-hockey sessions:
-- On emotions going up and down with weeks of labour talks or no talks: "I don't think I'm any different than anybody else, let's put it that way."
-- On his interim routine: "I go in every day. On weekends, I don't go in, which is new to me. But it's given me an opportunity to meet the True North staff a little more... my fitness level has increased because I have a little more time."
-- He has seen top prospects Jacob Trouba and Mark Scheifele play this season. On what he thought of Scheifele after the in-person view: "He looks more mature on the ice. It was a game that could have been very frustrating for him to play because they were down, chased the game at 3-0. They ended up losing 3-2 but what I thought was real good in the game was his body language. And I thought he didn't get wrapped into any negative emotion. Not that he did that here but it was there presenting itself and I thought he did a really good job being one of the leaders of that team to continue trying to have positive body language going back to the bench. I really noticed that and spoke to him about that."
-- On what he's hearing from fans: "I'm hearing from fans the same things that a lot of people are feeling. There's a lot of emotion out there in a lot of ways. I can only say people have been very respectful to me."
-- On how his Christmas shopping is going: "The Christmas shopping is going OK but I've got a little bit of work to do here. You guys can just hand me your lists before you walk out of here."