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Jets Notes: Bowness, Monahan, Dillon, Barron

The Jets’ second-best regular season in franchise history came to an unceremonious end in the postseason, losing in five games to the Avalanche in the first round. That has led some to wonder if head coach Rick Bowness He will return for his third season with the team next season.

Speaking to reporters today, Bowness confirmed that he has a club option for next season in his contract (via Murat Ates of Athletic). Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff has not yet decided whether to exercise him, and Bowness said today that he still needs to talk to his family and Jets management about his future.

The 69-year-old was away from the Jets twice this season: once in October after his wife was hospitalized and another near the end of the season after undergoing an undisclosed medical procedure. associate coach Scott Arniel he assumed interim head coaching duties on both occasions.

Under Bowness, the Jets have a 98-57-9 record over the past two seasons and have made the playoffs in consecutive campaigns after missing out on 2022. If he does not return to the club for next season, Winnipeg would become the seventh . team with an active head coaching vacancy.

Elsewhere in Winnipeg with the season over:

  • Pending unrestricted free agent center Sean Monahan is open to re-signing, he said today (via Scott Billeck of the Winnipeg Sun). He told reporters that he “is looking for a place that he wants to win,” and his final months in a Jets uniform evidently satisfied that requirement. Winnipeg acquired the 29-year-old center from the Canadiens in early February, parting with their 2024 first-round pick. He performed well in Manitoba, scoring 13 goals and 24 points with a +9 rating in 34 games, while securing the second line central position behind. Mark Scheifele. Between the Habs and Jets this year, his 59 points in 83 games were the most since his career-best 82-point season with the Flames in 2018-19.
  • Another pending Jets UFA interested in staying is the defense Brenda Dillonwho told reporters today that he was frustrated by the lack of extension talks during the season (via Billeck). Dillon, 33, signed a four-year, $15.6 million extension with the Capitals in 2020, but was traded to Winnipeg for a pair of draft picks after one season. He has been a consistently above-average defender in that time, putting up 63 points with a +38 rating and 235 PIM in 238 games with the Jets. He averaged 18:44 per game this season, fourth among Jets defensemen behind. jose morsey, Dylan DeMelo and Neal Pionk.
  • Forward Depth Morgan BarronThe previously undisclosed injury, which kept him out of the Avs series, was related to his knee, Bowness said today (via Billeck). He wouldn’t have played if the series had been extended to seven games. The 25-year-old suffered the knee injury in the team’s penultimate regular season game against the Kraken. Otherwise, it was a solid second season for Barron in Winnipeg, providing solid depth in a fourth-line role with 11 goals and 18 points in 80 games, along with a +10 rating and team-average possession metrics. He has one season left on his contract with a $1.35 million cap hit and will be eligible to sign an extension starting July 1.