Report | Jets extend Kevin Cheveldayoff and Paul Maurice

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The Winnipeg Jets handed out contract extensions to general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff and head coach Paul Maurice, according to NHL Insider Darren Dreger, who noted that while both are multi-year agreements, Cheveldayoff’s materialized months ago while Maurice’s was more recent.

Cheveldayoff took the job in the front office in 2011 and signed a deal with the club in 2013 that was set to expire following the 2017-18 season. The Jets are well above the .500 mark since Cheveldayoff came over to the organization, posting an overall record of 216-191-51 under his watch.

Cheveldayoff came to Winnipeg following a two-year stint as an assistant with the Chicago Blackhawks. Coaching with Joel Quenneville, the Jets GM was a part of the Blackhawks team that won the Stanley Cup in 2010 over the Philadelphia Flyers.

He’s a former player and was the No. 16 draft pick in the 1988 draft. He spent a handful of seasons playing with the Islanders.

Maurice was summoned to fill in for Claude Noel, who was booted from the Jets post midway through the 2013-14 season. Maurice, over an abbreviated first season, led the Jets to an 18-12-5 record as the fill-in.

Maurice had his best season at the helm the following year, piloting Winnipeg to a 43-26-13 record and a fifth-place finish in the Central standings. The Jets were bounced in the first round by the Anaheim Ducks, who came away with a sweep.

Winnipeg is coming off a season in which it went 40-35-7 and finished fifth, but ultimately missed out on a berth to the postseason.

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