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Team: Winnipeg Jets
Age / DOB:  (47) / 1/30/1967
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 185

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The Winnipeg Jets will keep their AHL affiliate in St. John's through the end of 2015-16.
The Jets would like to find a minor-league team that's closer to home, though. "Certainly we're happy with the arrangement and the affiliation agreement and how our players have been treated and the quality of the organization," GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said Wednesday. "We've talked about the logistical concerns and those certainly still remain from a geographical standpoint -- the time and the travel -- but at the end of the day we're excited to be able to partner with them and know that our players are playing in a first-class city and with a first-class organization. What happens long-term, those things at the AHL level are always very fluid." Sep 4 - 9:28 AM

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Winnipeg director of amateur scouting Marcel Comeau is confident that the Jets will get a good player with the No. 9 pick in Friday's draft.

"Last year was an exceptional year and it may not be quite at that level but there are some real good, solid players here and we're looking forward to getting one," he said. Mark Scheifele and Jacob Trouba are already on the NHL roster, while Josh Morrissey is another first-round selection who is thought highly of in the system.
Jun 26 - 9:43 AM

Winnipeg GM Kevin Cheveldayoff sounds like he's getting ready for some possible wheeling and dealing this off-season.

"For all the changes happening in the league, I think there's a strong appetite among teams to want to talk about making changes," he said. "We are certainly in that mix of talking, to find out if there's a way to trade, whether it's a big asset, a middle asset, whatever asset. You sit and talk to see if there's a chance that something can fit with something you're looking for." Teams have been locking players up to long-term deals, so there hasn't been much available in the free agent market. That makes clubs more willing to trade to shake up or improve their rosters. However, first up on the agenda is the draft combine and then the draft for Cheveldayoff and company.
May 30 - 6:11 AM

Paul Maurice has inked a four-year extension with the Winnipeg Jets.

Maurice replaced Claude Noel as Winnipeg's head coach and the team was a respectable 18-12-5 under the new bench boss. "Quite honestly it really didn't take that long," Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said. "He's an impressive hockey coach, but he's an impressive person as well... Made a tremendous impact the moment he walked in." Maurice brings with him 1,119 games worth of head coaching experience, although his teams haven't been particularly successful, with the notable exception of the 2001-02 Carolina Hurricanes that reached the Stanley Cup Final.
Apr 16 - 11:19 AM

The Winnipeg Jets have struggled mightily late in the 2013-14 campaign.

In their past 16 contests, the club has posted a 4-8-4 record, which has sunk their playoff hopes. Coach Paul Maurice got off to a hot start when he took over the job in January, but now he owns a mark of 15-11-5 since taking over behind the bench. The Jets dropped a 4-2 decision to Pittsburgh on Thursday and they registered just 15 shots on goal.
Apr 4 - 6:49 AM

If Paul Maurice wants the head coaching job in Winnipeg next year then he appears to have it.

"Obviously very impressed," said GM Cheveldayoff regarding Maurice's performance to this point. "He's a quality, quality person as we all know. Certainly he came into a difficult situation and has helped our group perform admirably." Maurice plans to make his decision on his future at the end of the season.
Mar 27 - 9:34 AM

Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice wants his team to be more disciplined.

"We have to do a better job of controlling our sticks and not taking some of these penalties," Maurice said Thursday. "There's more frustration on my part than I show. I'm trying to do something else and that's leave them (the referees) alone. That's where we've got to get to, that we're a disciplined team in terms of how we deal with what we handle. We're going to get penalties we don't like. We're going to get missed calls that we don't like." Winnipeg is the fourth-most penalized team in the NHL because they've been shorthanded 247 times heading into Friday's action. "So's the guy on the other bench. But how we handle them is what's really important.
Mar 14 - 8:01 AM

Winnipeg's penalty kill has been successful on 33 straight minors away from home.

They haven't surrendered a goal on the power play during that time since Jan. 21 in Anaheim. The Jets have the second-best penalty kill in the league on the road and the eighth-ranked penalty kill unit overall.
Mar 10 - 9:20 AM

Winnipeg's penalty kill ranks fifth in the league at 84.6 percent.

The Jets are especially strong at killing off man advantages on the road, where the team sits first in the league with an 88.2 percent success rate. The Nashville Predators went 0-for-6 on the power play versus Winnipeg on Saturday.
Mar 3 - 9:31 AM

Paul Maurice doesn't mind waiting until the 2013-14 season is over before he discusses a potential contract extension to stay on as Winnipeg's head coach.

"If I'm going to walk in and talk to my family about moving, I want to be there when that happens," he said. "They're in school, they have exams, they're part of my team at home. We agreed we would discuss it at the end of the year, if there's anything to discuss. So my kids understand how this is going to work, too." He has enjoyed working with the Jets, but right now he is committed to working for the balance of the season. Winnipeg has posted a 9-3-1 record since Maurice took over behind the bench.
Feb 21 - 7:17 AM

Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice believes the Jets still have a lot of room for improvement.

"I don't think we've played our best hockey yet," Maurice said. "I think there's lots of areas we'll get better at and some of it is through experience. We have a very, very young team here. There are players in our lineup that we count on that are in their first year and they're just going to continue to get better. There's parts of our game that we see great improvement and we've seen some real nice consistency in it and there are parts we all know we can get better at." The Jets have posted an 8-2 record since Maurice took over as the team's head coach.
Feb 4 - 6:32 AM

Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice doesn't agree with Montreal Canadiens center and Czech Olympic team captain Tomas Plekanec, who says hockey on international ice, which is 15 feet wider than NHL rinks, is "a completely different sport."

Maurice spent last season coaching Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the Kontinental Hockey League, and one thing he noticed during his time in Russia was that the most successful team didn't necessarily cater its game to the big ice. "The interesting part about it for me is that the team that won the last two KHL championships, Moscow Dynamo, has a Russian coach, almost all the players are Russian, and they play a North American game," Maurice said before his Jets edged the Canadiens 2-1 on Sunday. "They chip pucks, they finish checks, they block shots, and that's where the KHL is going. The rink is wider, it's not longer. If it's in the corner, it doesn't take you any longer to get there. There's more of the North American game getting into Russia than there is necessarily the big ice coming into our game."
Feb 2 - 10:14 PM

The Winnipeg Jets might move their AHL affiliate from St. John's to Thunder Bay, Ontario.

St. John's has supported the AHL squad, but the distance between them and the Winnipeg Jets has been a challenge. Thunder Bay would make a lot more geographical sense in comparison. Jets chairman Mark Chipman is hopeful that he'll be able to find a NHL team that's willing to move their AHL affiliate to St. John's to compensate for the loss of the team.
Jan 21 - 1:47 PM

Paul Maurice won in his coaching debut with the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night.

The team defeated Phoenix by a score of 5-1 and afterward captain Andrew Ladd gave Maurice the game puck. "I'm going to give it to my family," said Maurice. "I'm not much of a collector. I've got a jersey from every team I've ever coached. And I've got three or four pucks that mean a whole lot to me and that's certainly among them." Maurice acknowledges that there's still plenty of work to do, but the struggling Jets will no doubt savor that victory.
Jan 14 - 6:29 AM

Paul Maurice will serve as the Winnipeg Jets' new head coach.

The Jets have fired Claude Noel. With Noel they got a guy with very little NHL experience in the position he was offered, but Maurice is the other extreme. He has coached 1,084 games with the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs. He was fired by the Hurricanes in Nov. 2011 after getting off to a 8-13-4 start.
Jan 12 - 11:06 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Bryan Little
2Mark Scheifele
3Mathieu Perreault
4Jim Slater
5John Albert
LW1Andrew Ladd
2Evander Kane
3Eric Tangradi
4Chris Thorburn
5T.J. Galiardi
RW1Blake Wheeler
2Dustin Byfuglien
3Michael Frolik
4Matt Halischuk
5Anthony Peluso
D1Tobias Enstrom
2Zach Bogosian
3Jacob Trouba
4Grant Clitsome
5Mark Stuart
6Adam Pardy
7Paul Postma
8Julian Melchiori
G1Ondrej Pavelec
2Michael Hutchinson