Jets' new head coach made some bold statements on why the team got eliminated

Tyler Ball
June 14, 2024  (1:06 PM)

Winnipeg Jets new head coach Scott Arniel speaking to the media after being named to the position.
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A new interview has surfaced this afternoon with Winnipeg Jets head coach Scott Arniel speaking to NHL insider Frank Seravalli on what went wrong in the 2024 playoffs.

The Winnipeg Jets were one of the few teams expected to make a deep run into the Stanley Cup Finals. Instead of a multi-round run they fell to the Colorado Avalanche and were eliminated in Round 1. Shortly after being eliminated head coach Rick Bowness decided to retire.
Coaching news out of Winnipeg this morning. It's expected @NHLJets Head Coach Rick Bowness will announce his retirement today. Bowness has coached over 2600 games in the NHL and is a Jack Adams Award finalist for the first time. Great man. Great career.

Shortly after he retired a search for a new head coach began. The search ended up leading right back to the Winnipeg Jets own staff as they hired Rick Bowness' assistant Scott Arniel as the new head coach.
Scott Arniel has been named the new Head Coach of the Winnipeg Jets!

Since being named head coach Scott Arniel has not spoken to the media all that much but today that all changed with a new interview.

Scott Arniel addressed what went wrong for the Winnipeg Jets in the 2024 playoffs

Today Scott Arniel joined the Frankly Speaking Podcast hosted by NHL insider Frank Seravalli. During his time on the show Scott Arniel was asked to dissect what went wrong for the Winnipeg Jets against the Colorado Avalanche. He believes it came down to defense and special teams. First he spoke about the difference in the team's penalty kill.
It was good two years ago this last year it dropped off.

Then he spoke about their team defense overall. His answer about the defensive system seems to indicate a shift might be coming in the Winnipeg Jets play style.
We didn't do a real good job of defending and being heavy on pucks and in our box outs.

The Winnipeg Jets have mostly been known for being a skilled team with a lot of big players but not necessarily an overly physical or rough team. From Scott Arniel's first comments, this could be changing. He would then go on to say he has been watching the playoffs and looking at what styles seem to work best when the games matter the most.
I love watching the playoffs and how other teams find success. You have to make sure you're up to date on how things are happening.

With all of these comments from Scott Arniel, it seems we are in for a new era of Winnipeg Jets hockey. It will be interesting to see what roster moves they make this summer to compliment their new style of play.
Source: Daily Faceoff
New Jets head coach Scott Arniel assesses where the team fell short this season
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