Paul Maurice roars into Florida as Panthers next coach

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Dec 21, 2019; Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA; Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice looks on in the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

Paul Maurice unexpectedly stepped down as head coach of the Winnipeg Jets during the 2021-22 season. According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, he is going to be the next head coach of the Florida Panthers.

In addition, Dreger notes that the deal will be for three seasons.

Paul Maurice next Panthers head coach

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Nov 5, 2021; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Winnipeg Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice talks to the press after their win over the Chicago Blackhawks at Canada Life Centre. Mandatory Credit: James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports

Maurice, 55, opted to walk away from the Winnipeg Jets on December 17th, 2021. It was a stunning move but one he felt needed to happen.

“This is a good team. I’m a good coach,” said Maurice via Sportsnet. “But sometimes when you take over a team, it’s like you’re starting at the bottom of a mountain and you’re pushing a rock up to the top and you’re only able to get it to a certain place. And that’s where I feel I’m at. And if you would allow me some arrogance, I would say that I’m better positioned than anyone to know that they need a new voice.”

The no-nonsense head coach replaced Claude Noel on January 12, 2014 and held the position for 600 games over 9 seasons. He finished in Winnipeg with a record of 315-223-62. Prior to that, he spent 13 years with the Carolina Hurricanes (2 of them with the Hartford Whalers before the relocation).

For his coaching career spanning 24 years, he is 775-681-130-99 with stops in Hartford, Carolina, Toronto, and Winnipeg.

Andrew Brunette, who led the Panthers to a Presidents’ Trophy and a Jack Adams nomination for himself, replaced Joel Quenneville after he resigned 7 games into the season. He will now become a top coaching candidate for available positions in Detroit and Winnipeg.