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Found their man: Jets sign Maurice to four-year extension

Apr 16, 2014, 10:59 AM EDT

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Paul Maurice’s 35-game cameo was enough to warrant a long-term extension in Winnipeg — on Wednesday, the Jets re-upped with their bench boss on a four year deal, per the Free Press.

Maurice, who took the Jets gig in January after Claude Noel was fired, went 18-12-5 in his half-season behind the bench, good for an .586 winning percentage. That included the Jets winning 11 of 13 immediately following Noel’s dismissal, briefly clawing their way back into the Western Conference playoff picture before a swoon in March essentially eliminated them from contention.

Regardless, Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff was pleased with how the team responded to Maurice.

“Obviously very impressed,” Cheveldayoff said of Maurice, per NHL.com. “He’s a quality, quality person as we’ve all known. Certainly he came into a difficult situation and has helped our group perform admirably.”

With Maurice now locked in, eyes will turn to Evander Kane and his future in Winnipeg. A talented power forward that just wrapped the second of a six-year, $31.5 million deal, Kane seemingly ran afoul of Maurice at the end of the season, getting parked as a healthy scratch for breaking a team rule.

Prior to the healthy scratch, news broke that Kane was facing a civil lawsuit pertaining to an alleged assault in Vancouver last summer. It was the latest in a series of transgressions — granted, some minor — that have dotted Kane’s tenure in Winnipeg.

  1. ejvter - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Cam Ward for Evander Kane. WPG gets a tested goalie & CAR gets the power forward they need!!

    • runhigh24 - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      An overpaid, oft-injured goalie for a young dynamic power forward entering his prime years? Ya, that sounds like a great deal for Winnipeg.

  2. pavelfitzgerald - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    I love all these awful deals people make for Evander Kane. Just like Laughs fans saying Kane for Reimer straight up?

    The Jets are not going to trade Kane unless they get a huge offer ala a player, a pick & a prospect. Say what you want about his attitude but he is on a very exclusive list of 20 year olds to score 30 goals in a season. This year he struggled but next year Wheeler/Schieffele/Kane will be a dynamic line that could have two 30 goal scorers. Kane isn’t going anywhere

  3. ravenscaps48 - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Would love to have Kane in DC. Don’t know what it would take to get him, but a budding Power Forward is on the list (albeit long list) of team needs.

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