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Paul Maurice On Dustin Byfuglien

from Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press,

... That’s when it got intense. Maurice was asked directly about Byfuglien’s choice of answers today.

"Four or five? Ten," the coach said about the number of times it was essentially repeated. "Somebody counted. Are you offended?"

But what about the lack of maturity, accountability, the coach was asked?

"So you’re asking me what Dustin’s like behind closed doors based on something that pissed you off?

"I think part of (the perception) is fairly accurate, not your assessment, but he’s got an awesome sense of humour. You won’t like that. Don’t underestimate the investment the players make. Here’s where I’m losing the argument before it even starts. You’re going to find one of the 650 other NHL players would have handled that nicely and be contrite and everybody would have thought that was good. He’s a very, very competitive man and not particularly happy with the result. More than anything he wants to win badly.

"So he doesn’t like the fact that he has to speak to the media today. And I’m reading the Twitter pop-ups and, ‘the guy makes so much money he should be happy to stand in front of the media and talk to them.’ And there’s a certain dynamic between media and some players that you feel he has the absolute obligation to come out and answer for everything because of the gift and the joy that it is to play professional sports and the amount of money a man would make.

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added 4:53pm, Below, watch Paul Maurice post-practice...

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  Tags: dustin+byfuglien, paul+maurice

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Gotta love Paul Maurice, a real beauty from the Soo.

Posted by dwgs on 04/21/15 at 04:13 PM ET

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