No one on this forum ever thought the Jets were a stanley cup contender this year. So already, our expectations were lessened. So we're 5-7-2, 12th in the conference with a more difficult schedule ahead. I believe Chevy has pushed the panic button. More trade scenarios are popping up and insiders think moves are being contemplated. This angers me to no end. In three years, we have the same problems we inherited from the Thrashers - a D that doesn't play D, terrible special teams and inconsistent scoring. We scoured the waiver wire, drafted players who three years ago are now maybe making the club and resigning nearly every thrasher - we've kept the status quo. So ... if Chevy's decision is to start making trades, the rationale is that Noel is not the problem. It also suggests he is didn't do his homework in addressing the needs of the coach/team in the offseason. Furthermore, we will know more about Chevy with the players he chooses to trade. If Chevy begins trading away young blue chip players like Burmi, Bogo and our youth movement (under 25; like he did with Oduya; BTW - how is he doing?), the intent is to win now at all costs to save Noel for a little longer and his rear end. If Chevy moves veteran players (Buff, Enstrom, etc), the intent is to continue to build around younger key pieces and not panic. So ... if Chevy's decision is to can Noel, it MIGHT address the problem of inconsistency. However, Chevy knows it is also his fault for hiring a rookie coach so he will get some blame. I had mentioned that this last offseason would tell me a lot about Chevy. He's not a gambler, he does not like taking any risk. We had several pieces we could trade at the deadline and he did nothing. We didn't make any splashes at the draft (Frolik and Seto had to leave for salary purposes). No significant upgrades although I think Pardy could easily be our steady #6. No fixes for the terrible D or the inconsistent scoring. Then the kept the status quo by resigning the same players he knows are inconsistent. Then we see Burmi and Telegin walk to the K. Our AHLers realize they may never get promoted b/c we use the waiver wire more than St. Johns. There is no youth movement. This is the status quo with no change in culture in sight. So ... my prediction is that Chevy will save his own rear and make trades to shake up the team and blame this on the players and their inconsistency rather than argue he was wrong in hiring Noel. I hope I'm wrong.