Winnipeg Jets extend contracts of coach Paul Maurice, GM Kevin Cheveldayoff

WINNIPEG—The Jets have been to the playoffs only once since moving back to Winnipeg, but the organization believes the right men are steering the ship.

The club has given multi-year contract extensions to head coach Paul Maurice and general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff.

Questions over Maurice’s future lingered throughout the off-season as he was about to enter the final year of his four-year contract.

The Jets struggled to meet rising expectations last year when they were hit by injuries and woeful goaltending. The club finished ninth in the Western Conference, seven points behind the Nashville Predators for the final wild-card spot.

Bright spots were found in Finnish sensation Patrik Laine, who had 36 goals and 64 points in 73 games, as well as Mark Scheifele and Nikolaj Ehlers, the 21-year-old Dane who broke out with 64 points in his second NHL season.

All that young talent, along with steadfast veterans like Bryan Little, Dustin Byfuglien and Blake Wheeler, positioned the Jets as a team to watch last year. Despite they hype, they failed to advance to the post-season for the second straight year.

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