Paul Maurice, Jets put contract extension talks on hold

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It appears likely the Winnipeg Jets will give head coach Paul Maurice a contract extension, however negotiations are on hold for the time being.

According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, this decision has come from Maurice himself so that he can focus his efforts solely on getting his team on track and into the playoffs.

“I think Paul Maurice didn’t want to have all of a sudden a contract negotiation go on while he’s trying to fix a few things,” Kypreos said Saturday on the Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada. “I got to give him a lot of credit here because I know a lot of coaches who would have raced to sign on the dotted line with a team that is struggling at times like the Winnipeg Jets. I think it speaks to his character somewhat. We believe [an extension] will happen in the summer.”

The Jets are 30-30-6 through 66 games coming off a dominant victory over the lowly Colorado Avalanche Saturday.

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