Something to build on? Jets cap tumultuous week with OT loss to Kings


This has been an eventful few days for the Winnipeg Jets.

They lost to Montreal on Wednesday, leading to a profanity-laden post-game presser from head coach Paul Maurice as he described the play of his team. Two days later, on the road, Winnipeg had a horrific start against the Arizona Coyotes and eventually lost, resulting in a players’ meeting afterward.

All this while the Jets sit out of a playoff position in the Western Conference. They lost again on Saturday, a 3-2 overtime defeat to the L.A. Kings that dropped Winnipeg four points back in the Wild Card race.

Despite the loss, Maurice lauded his team’s performance once it got over a slow start.

“Sometime on back-to-backs, it takes a little while and then after that, I thought we played a helluva game. Really liked a lot of what we did and look to build,” he said.

Still, it’s been a difficult week for the Jets and they didn’t respond well in the wake of Maurice’s comments when they faced the Coyotes. That’s certainly a formula that could lead to speculation about Maurice’s future with the club.

However, there was this from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet on Saturday:

“I’m told he’s not in trouble. And he’s got a contract for next year. I wouldn’t be surprised if they talk about an extension in the summer.”

The Jets play the San Jose Sharks on Monday, before returning to Winnipeg for a four-game home stand.

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