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Former Jets coach Paul Maurice hired as new coach of Panthers – Winnipeg

Paul Maurice is the brand new coach of the Florida Panthers, agreeing to a deal Wednesday to take over a membership coming off a season that had the most effective document within the NHL and rewrote the franchise’s document e book.

The 55-year-old Maurice shall be launched Thursday morning, the Panthers stated.

Maurice will substitute Panthers interim coach Andrew Brunette, who might stay with the group if he chooses to take action.

Brunette took over early final season following the resignation of Joel Quenneville, who needed to step down after the revelations that the Chicago Blackhawks mishandled abuse allegations introduced by a participant throughout the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs. Quenneville coached Chicago at the moment.

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Panthers Basic Supervisor Invoice Zito, stated in an announcement launched by way of the crew, that Maurice’s hiring got here after “an in-depth examination of all points of our crew.”

“After taking the suitable period of time for evaluation, we decided that we would have liked the proper match to proceed with the expansion of our gamers and keep on the trail for our franchise targets,” Zito stated. “Paul’s expertise and mind had been simply what we had been searching for and we’re thrilled for him to step into the function of head coach.”

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The Panthers will develop into the fourth franchise that Maurice coaches. He began in Hartford in 1995, two seasons earlier than that franchise relocated to Carolina. He coached Toronto for 2 seasons earlier than returning to Carolina, then spent almost 9 years as coach in Winnipeg earlier than stepping down in December.

“I’ve pushed as lengthy and as exhausting as I can right here. I really like these guys. They want a brand new voice, and I do know that,” Maurice stated when he left Winnipeg.

Now six months faraway from that call, Maurice can also be getting a brand new begin with a crew that believes it’s a Stanley Cup contender.

Florida gained the Presidents’ Trophy this season and reached the second spherical of the playoffs, profitable a postseason sequence for the primary time since 1996. Brunette was a coach of the 12 months finalist in his first head-coaching stint on the NHL degree, ending as runner-up to Calgary’s Darryl Sutter for the Jack Adams Award.

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Nonetheless, that wasn’t sufficient to get him the job long-term, nor was there help from Panthers gamers, together with captain Aleksander Barkov amongst others. As a substitute, the Panthers are turning to Maurice — who’s fourth on the NHL’s all-time video games coached record with 1,684, seventh on the all-time wins record with 775, however has by no means led a crew to the Stanley Cup. He acquired Carolina to the title sequence in 2002, however the Hurricanes misplaced in 5 video games to the Detroit Crimson Wings.

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Florida, during the last three mixed seasons, ranks second within the NHL in wins (130) and standings-points-per-game (1.35) — behind solely Colorado on each of these lists. The Avalanche have 137 wins and common 1.41 standings factors per recreation over that span.

The Panthers additionally set crew data this season in quite a few classes, together with wins (58) and targets (340). Jonathan Huberdeau grew to become the primary Panthers participant with a 100-point season, the crew went 34-7-0 at house, began the 12 months with eight consecutive wins and added a 13-game profitable streak later within the season.

Florida wound up getting swept by Tampa Bay within the second spherical, and a month later, Maurice has now been introduced on-board to see the place he can take the Panthers subsequent season and past.

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