There had been talk for sometime that the Jets were indeed going to give an contract extension to head coach Paul Maurice who at the start of this year was rumored to be in a little bit of a limbo in the final year of his current contract that he signed with the club back in 2017. Of course that didn’t stop anyone – lest of all us – from speculating that maybe he was going to end up in Seattle, or if things got worse, maybe right out to the unemployment line altogether.
But as it is, the Jets have confirmed that Maurice is their man for a “multi-year” extension which presumably means that beyond this season, there is at least two or three more seasons of Maurice behind the Jets bench.
We’ll have more of a breakdown on this news and what it could mean going forward on Thursday morning – along with some player reactions since we didn’t get any today with the Jets having a day off.
One place that as you’d imagine that wasn’t short of reactions was social media and Twitter to be exact where so many of you chimed in both positive and negative on the news. Coaching is always a hot topic in any sport and the moment news broke of the extension, we expected fireworks…
Glad the #NHLjets are extending Paul Maurice for 2 reasons
1) He's a good coach
2) It will trigger all the trolls
Mostly for Number 2 pic.twitter.com/y4sFZts3Hg
— Paul Maurice Extension Watch (@hockeynightdoc) February 12, 2020
— Terry (@terryperogy) February 12, 2020
— Jordan Skowronek (@jtskowronek) February 12, 2020
— 🇨🇦 The Ol’ ALFer 🇨🇦 (@perch35km) February 12, 2020
Fuelled by mediocrity?
As one could have easily predicted, there are quite a few fans who didn’t care for the move and many of you thought this was just a commitment to mediocrity by the Jets…
— Hangar Hockey (@hangarhockey) February 12, 2020
The #NHLJets acceptance of mediocrity (or worse) is embarrassing. The team has been back for 9 years and they've had 1 good season. They are running the team like a family, not a business. Extending the people in charge is a joke, while they raise prices every year. Embarrassing.
— RW (@rrwillerton) February 12, 2020
Jets will forever be average or below average because of Maurice
— Tomski (@Ciportom) February 12, 2020
By extending Paul Maurice the #NHLJets have shown a strong commitment to remaining mediocre and irrelevant… 🤦🏻♂️🤷🏻♂️
— LARS ! (@LittleGeneral04) February 12, 2020
Money (spent on ticket sales) talks?
Others mentioned that they’ll be making their disappointment in the news that Paul Maurice will be back behind the bench in 2020-21 known through their wallet by spending less on the Jets…
— MBGreen (@MBGreen_JO) February 12, 2020
#NHLJets spent 10 years building this franchise to be mediocre. Mark chipman is a meddling owner. No different than jerry jones, jeff wilpon, Charles wang, and other losers. #GoJetsGo fans, why spend your hard earned money on this garbage. Save it and spend time with family.
— SportsFanatic (@SportsF97681918) February 12, 2020
TIL the @NHLJets aren’t trying to win a Stanley cup…they’re just happy to be in the league with a coach who’s happy to live in Wpg. 😂
While still offering the shittiest fan experience in the league and continuing to gouge their fanbase
— MBGreen (@MBGreen_JO) February 12, 2020
The coach does have support though
Not everyone hated the news. On the contrary, some were quite happy with the extension knowing what Maurice has had to deal with from the start of the season while keeping the club in a playoff hunt, and how the team overall could be in a much better spot next season.
I can't wait till next year when the #NHLJets make moves and build up their D core and they're 1st place in the division and then Maurice is cool again on Twitter.
— Angus McLeod (@MrSpillz101) February 12, 2020
Excellent. Great coach. This is a team everyone thought were out of the playoffs for sure. Then they got hit with injury after injury, and they are still in the hunt. From the expectations to where they are has to be coaching. What else can it be?
— R (@Rob_G_C) February 12, 2020
2 years ago conference finalist, last year lose in 6 to eventual champs. I would argue we should have won that series if Trouba doesn’t brain cramp behind the net and Hayes doesn’t pull ours out. Buff decimated our Def this year. Basically AHL level.
— Hodgy (@hodgy1313) February 12, 2020
Hes done us good! Yes there have been and will always be questionable decisions from him. But we have done good under him! And the blame for how this season has started and might end, cannot be all on him. I have faith. This is good for us for now. It works
— ~Rheana Alysha~ (@Rheana_Kingston) February 12, 2020
He’s got the team in a playoff race with an entire line gone and D decimated. He’s earned it.
— David Lawrence (@daveonlipton) February 12, 2020
Elsewhere in the media
Two very interesting takes from what we could consider “mainstream media” types also were worth noting in all the reactions. Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun noted that this news broke in a very controlled way…
Interesting to see the #NHLJets approach to the Maurice news. Announced at a team event, interview with Maurice cued up for team web site, no access to media, no questions for a day. Often wonder where teams are headed in this area.
— Paul Friesen (@friesensunmedia) February 12, 2020
And for an outsiders, take, Colorado Avalanche beat writer AJ Haefele had a very interesting comparison that should strike a cord with Jets fans who also follow the NFL closely…
I've long said Paul Maurice is the Jeff Fisher of the NHL. There's no way you can convince me otherwise. And NHL teams extending head coaches on the back of great goaltending? A tale as old as time. Jets might be wrapping themselves in the warm blanket of mediocrity.
— AJ Haefele (@AJHaefele) February 12, 2020