BUFFALO, NEW YORK -- While he may not have been the man making the selections at the NHL Draft, that doesn't mean Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice wasn't getting work done.
He provided an update on the search for another coach to join his staff, with Pascal Vincent taking the head coach spot with the Manitoba Moose. Maurice says he's "right in the thick" of the interview process to fill the void left by Vincent.
"I really wanted to expand a bit of a search this year instead of just the 'usual suspects' as they say," Maurice said. "There are some really good quality guys out there. But I wanted to take our time and look into junior, and look into college, at people who have had unusual amounts of success, or they have that reputation of success."
As for whether the successful candidate will be an associate coach or an assistant coach, Maurice says the label on the business card doesn't matter to him.
"He'll have whatever title he'd like," said Maurice. "Is (the search) going well? I don't have the job done yet. But that doesn't mean that somebody I haven't already spoken to isn't number one on my list."
THIS 'N THAT
The window for NHL general managers to talk with pending unrestricted free agents (UFA) is now open, and Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff says the Draft is a convenient setting for those conversations to begin.
"You get an opportunity, either myself or Larry Simmons, gets a chance to go up in the crowd and meet with some of the agents," said Cheveldayoff. "(You can) talk to them, get an initial feel with where some of the players you may be interested in are at, and what they're thinking. We'll all depart from here, and you can kind of take it from there."
Those conversations can lead to UFAs signing with new teams on July 1, 2016. That date is also significant in the case of Mathieu Perreault , who will be entering the final year of his contract this season.
While Perreault won't be a free agent this July, the Jets would have to wait until July 1 to sign Perreault to an extension, who Cheveldayoff says the team has already touched base with.
"He ended up switching agents so we ended up having to talk with a different group," said Cheveldayoff. "But there's some good mutual traction both ways."
Finally, Cheveldayoff provided an update on Tyler Myers ' rehabilitation from the season-ending hip and knee surgeries he's had since coming out of the line-up March 24.
"The updates have been good. He's starting to do a lot of active recovery, a lot of active stuff now," said Cheveldayoff. "No pain, and everything seems to be going along really well."
-- Mitchell Clinton, WinnipegJets.com