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Entering the season, many believed Paul Maurice might be one of the first NHL head coaches out the door, especially aftera rough end to last season and question marks surrounding this year's roster. This wasdespite the fact he's the second longest-tenured head coach in the league, now in his sixth year in Winnipeg.So far this season the Jets have been hanging on in the wild card race despite being decidedly weak on defense Cameron Maybin Jersey
, and that was enough for the front office to reward him with a . Here are fivereasons why they made the right call:He's got experienceIn terms of coaching experience, you can't do much better than Maurice. The 22-year NHL veteran is sixth all-time in games coached (1587) and seventh all-time in wins (724),behind only Barry Trotz and Joel Quennevillefor active head coaches. He may be first in all-time lo ses, but there's still no substitute for the amount of experience he brings to the table.He knows the franchiseSince arriving in Winnipeg back in 2013, Maurice took the Jets from the bottom of Matt Holliday Jersey
the NHL barrel to the Western Conference finals and three playoff appearances in five years. He's had time to mold the team to his liking and that has shown in the results he's achieved. Given the chance to replenish his depleted roster Troy Tulowitzki Jersey
after a disastrous offseason, Maurice should be able to get the franchise back on track.MORE: He's shown he can build a teamMaurice began his NHL coaching career in 1995 with the Hartford Whalers and mi sed the playoffs in his first three seasons (the third of which saw the franchise relocate to Carolina). The next four seasons saw steady improvement before he ultimately led the Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2002. Given the time and resources, Maurice has shown he's capable of turning mediocre teams into contenders, and we've already seen some of that in action in Winnipeg.He loves the cityShortly after the Jets announced the extension on Twitter, they released a video interview with Maurice on their website. In it, Maurice makes clear the connection he's made with the city of Winnipeg.Winnipeg has given us so much more than weve given the city," he said. "This is truly our home now... I think we were staying one way or another, but being Zach Britton Jersey
able to stay and work for the Winnipeg Jets is perfect.s sits down with head coach Paul Maurice following the news of his contract extension with the . Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) He's getting the most out of the current teamThe i sues plaguing the Jets' defense have been well-reported all year. It started with losing , Tyler Myers and this off-season and only got worse afterstar blueliner had ankle surgery that has . Just to pile it on, injuries have also decimated the team Clint Frazier Jersey
with as many as eight players sidelined throughout the year. Given the defense-by-committee approach Maurice has had to employ, the fact that the Jets are within striking distance of the playoff spots at all at this point of the season is impre sive.