Apr 7, 2014; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice during the third period against the Minnesota Wild at MTS Centre. Minnesota wins 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

Winnipeg Jets Put Through Marathon Bag-Skate On Final Practice Day

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It wasn’t a scene many expected to see at the MTS Centre on Wednesday morning, but the Winnipeg Jets were ‘put through the wringer’ by head coach Paul Maurice at practice.

All seemed normal to onlookers when the Jets stepped on to the ice for their regularly schedule Wednesday practice, just over a day before they welcome the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins for their final home game of the season on Thursday night.

The ‘normal’ lasted about 30 minutes for members of the Jets, and hell soon followed.

In total, it seems that head coach Paul Maurice bag-skated the team for just over an hour. Per Mitch Peacock of the CBC, there were no quitters, physically or mentally.

The Jets weren’t terrible in their 1-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Monday night, but failing to score at all certainly seems like a viable reason for the bag-skate. The Jets also practiced on Tuesday, and weren’t subjected to any lengthy conditioning.

However, Maurice says that’s not the case.

 “One of the areas we will look to improve overall is our group fitness”

Many Jets fans were excited at the news of their team being skated, with hopes that Maurice and his disciplined style will return for the 2014-15 season, but he didn’t give any truth to the rumors, commenting he “treats everyday like I am going to be here”, and adding that “today’s practice doesn’t mean I’m coming back”.

Maurice also added that this is going to be a regular thing for the Jets, and that they can expect to see this at spring camp.

Other practice news and notes:

  • Devin Setoguchi didn’t practice on Wednesday, as per what Maurice calls a “maintenance day”
  • Andrew Ladd practiced in a no-contact jersey, and will not play on Thursday against the Bruins. He wasn’t spared from the bag-skate, however.

 

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