The Winnipeg Jets have signed head coach Paul Maurice to a multi-year contract extension. As per the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, official terms of the contract were not announced. The deal, however, is believed to be three years in length featuring a $3 million annual value. This extension will kick in following the completion of the 2019-20 NHL season.
Maurice, 53, came to Winnipeg midway through the 2013-14 season, replacing Claude Noel at the helm, where he has stood ever since. With the Jets, the former Windsor Spitfire has compiled a 264-186-53 regular season record, while going 11-16 in three separate playoff runs in Winnipeg.
“Priority one is you have a family and you want them to enjoy their lives as well,” Maurice told Jets TV. “Winnipeg has given us so much more than we’ve given the city. For my kids, their friends, my wife as well, this is truly our home now. Being able to stay and work – I think we were staying one way or another – but being able to stay and work for the Winnipeg Jets is perfect.”
Now the league’s second-longest tenured coach (John Cooper, Tampa Bay, 2013), Maurice has earned a number of milestones in Manitoba, despite having served in Hartford, Carolina (twice) and Toronto. Recently, the Sault Ste. Marie product picked up his 700th NHL win back in October, and will hit 1,600 NHL games coached prior to the conclusion of the 2019-20 season. Maurice’s 1,587 total games ranks sixth all-time, while his 724 wins is seventh.
This contract extension has been in the works for the better part of the past year. With negotiations nearly reaching a conclusion in training camp, both Maurice and the Jets put things off as the Dustin Byfuglien situation took precedent. Forced to play with a less-than-stellar shorthanded lineup most nights this season, Maurice has done well using the hand that he has been dealt.
“We had met in the summer and it was the direction we all wanted to go,” Maurice added. “We were excited about it. Then as we all know, a whole bunch of things happened. It was kind of on the backburner and eventually we all knew it would be taken care of and it has recently.”
Winnipeg returns to action Friday night as the San Jose Sharks roll into town for the fourth of six-straight home contests. Puck drop for Friday’s game is set for 6:00 PM central. The game can be viewed live on TSN.