It appears as though Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice is not at risk of losing his job after a disappointing first half to the season, as per Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman on the Saturday Headlines segment.
“There’s been a lot of talk [about] Maurice with the heavy week they’ve had,” said Friedman. “I’m told he’s not in trouble and he’s got a contract for next year and I wouldn’t be surprised if they talked about an extension in the summer.”
Maurice has been making headlines after a couple of poor performances of late.
On Wednesday, the Jets gave up seven goals en route to a 7-4 loss to the hands of the Montreal Canadiens. During the second period, a red-faced and angry Maurice called a timeout and proceeded to lambaste the entire team for the entirety of the break.
After the game, he went on a short expletive-laced rant throwing every single person on the team under the bus.
Things went from bad to worse two days later on Friday when they allowed four goals in the first period to the 29th-place Arizona Coyotes. While the Jets did rebound after the first, they could not complete the comeback and lost 4-3.
Through 45 games this season, the Jets have compiled a 20-22-3 record that has them sitting second last in the Central Division, better only than the league-worst Colorado Avalanche.