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Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tom Sestito was suspended for 4 games for hitting Tobias Enstrom "in the numbers," and the Jets updated Enstrom's status on Friday:
Connor Hellebuyck was hours away from giving up five goals on 15 shots when Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice considered the position his young goaltender was in as his team fights for its playoff life.
“You’re in a Canadian market and you’re playing goal,” Maurice said ahead of a 7-4 drubbing at the hands of the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday. “Your options are stellar or in trouble.”
Well, Hellebuyck has been a bit of both.
The 23-year-old from Michigan has started 12 straight games for the Jets, and in the month of March alone, we’ve seen the guy they call “Helly” post a shutout, come seconds away from another, and, most recently, get the hook.
As Maurice put it, “he’s had his ups and downs.”
Such has been the case in the Jets’ crease for much of this season. Hellebuyck has shown himself to be the best option available, with 22 wins in 48 starts, a 2.83 GAA, and four shutouts. He’s also failed to finish seven games he’s started.
Backup Michael Hutchinson is 4-11 with a 3.24 GAA, and veteran Ondrej Pavelec, who’s likely done for the season following recent knee surgery, was only called up in January after Hellebuyck had a couple nightmarish starts. Pavelec’s 4-4 record with a 3.55 GAA and .888 save percentage didn’t exactly win him the starting role back, anyway.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that if the offensively gifted Jets are going to have even a shot at making the playoffs—a possibility that keeps slipping further out of grasp—they need either Hellebuyck or Hutchinson to catch fire.
from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,
The game had a little bit of everything. The Jets outshot the Lightning 13-8 in the first period but found themselves down 3-0. They were down 3-1 in the second when Lightning defenceman Anton Stralman hit off-balance centre Bryan Little in the neutral zone, contacting his head and sending him to the dressing room.
No penalty was called on the play, which incensed the Jets and led first to a Maurice bench minor and eventually a game misconduct issued by referee Francois St. Laurent.
Maurice was asked what he thought about a picture circulating of St. Laurent laughing a he threw the Jets coach out of the game.
“I would say that would then have been consistent with their overall demeanor regarding the incident,” Maurice said.
“I was upset because you work with these guys every day and you care about them and their wives and their families. Little is getting neck x-rayed and I seem to be more concerned about the result of that hit than anyone else.”
more on the Jets who lost 6-5 in a shootout to the Lightning.
Watch the hits and a mad Maurice below...
So, uh, "Meanwhile in Winnipeg" (and George here, reporting on his least favorite person)...
Hm. Even I'm going with sympathy here. Kidney stones are awful, and I hope that the chairman feels better ASAP.
I can't believe i just said that, but you don't wish acute human suffering upon your worst enemies. Away from the rink, anyway.
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.
added 4:53pm, Below, watch Paul Maurice post-practice...
“Dustin Byfuglien's been great for our team this year. It wasn't a situation where he said, 'I'm going to cross check this guy in the back of the neck and see if I can get away with it.' He threw a cross check that went way too high on a guy that was on his way down and it cost us.
“So what Dustin Byfuglien owes this team is for that Calgary game to be the best game that he can possibly play.”
-Paul Maurice, head coach of the Winnipeg Jets on Dustin Byfuglien. More on this topic from Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun.
“So if you’re saying something good about a player, he’s a rock star. And if a guy has a tough night, and you want to deal with the media honestly, you gotta be careful about how hard you go at his play, because the next day, or even that day, it’s a drive-by shooting.
“It’s 40 people in the (player’s) stall figuring out whether they should play him, trade him or execute him. And that’s a challenge for controlling that room.”
Paul Maurice, head coach of the Winnipeg Jets on the environment in Toronto. More from Luke Fox of Sportsnet.
I really don't know what to think about this, so I'll let the Winnipeg Free Press's Gary Lawless take it away...
After breaking a team rule, Evander Kane was a healthy scratch on Tuesday and that may be the end of this little saga. Or we may soon see signs of a much larger rift.
Kane’s transgression on Tuesday, as it turns out, was fairly was minor. He broke dress code, arriving at the rink for a midday team meeting in sweats, instead of a suit. By gametime, Kane wasn’t a player.
Jets coach Paul Maurice scratched Kane from the lineup and after the game called it a coach’s decision. This is the second time Maurice has made Kane a healthy scratch for disciplinary reasons. The coach has rules and he expects his players to follow them and there are few exceptions. The margin of error for a repeat offender such as Kane is thin. So he got benched.
How Kane takes this treatment will be the subtext of the next chapter. If he accepts he made a mistake and is willing to move forward, we’ll see him back in the lineup as early as Friday night. If he’s miffed, and decides he’d like to swat back at the organization, Kane does have a card to play. He can elect to shut it down and have surgery on an undisclosed injury.
Continued, and we all know that Kane may demand a trade. Or not?
added 2:41pm, Below, watch Paul Maurice post-practice. Not a happy coach.
Paul Maurice has agreed to a four-year contract extension to remain head coach of the Winnipeg Jets.
Maurice became the Jets' interim coach on Jan. 12 when he replaced the fired Claude Noel.
Maurice, 47, is coaching his third NHL franchise. He had two stints with the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes and also coached the Toronto Maple Leafs for two seasons.
The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch ponders the fates of Dany Heatley, Andy MacDonald, Andrei Markov, Dmirtri Kulikov and others in his weekly rumor column, but he's been talking about executives for some time and I haven't paid those quips much heed, so it's time to talk about the gents in suits. In addition to wondering about the shelf lives of Dallas Eakins and Mike Yeo, Garrioch says that the Carolina Hurricanes' only general manager may be moving on up...
While Carolina GM Jim Rutherford is expected to move upstairs into a full-time role as president at the end of the season, the word is owner Peter Karmanos has to sign off on the decision to elevate Ron Francis. You’d have to think it is a rubber stamp and if that’s the case then coach Kirk Muller will likely be thanked at the end of the season.
And I can't deny that I've had this thought as well:
"I went in and talked a little bit about what I saw, congratulated them on facing some tough adversity and winning, thanked them, and then proceeded to cancel the day off that they had tomorrow."
"It was good enough tonight but we can't rely on that being good enough in our next game. We've just got to get better."
-Paul Maurice after his first game behind the bench for the Winnipeg Jets. More on their 5-1 win over Phoenix from the CP at TSN.
added 11:09am, form the Winnipeg Jets,
The Winnipeg Jets announced today they have relieved Claude Noel of his duties as Head Coach of the hockey club. The team also announced they have relieved Assistant Coach Perry Pearn of his duties.
The Winnipeg Jets also announced they have hired Paul Maurice as the second Head Coach in franchise history since their move from Atlanta to Winnipeg in 2011.
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
Maurice is working for TSN, no doubt burning to get back to the bench in a meaningful way. I can't help but wonder if his experience would help Eakins and the Oilers. The two men have great respect for each other and worked together in Toronto.
When you're a wealthy franchise, and Edmonton is by NHL revenue standards, this is the advantage you have. There's the salary cap, yes. But nothing stops you from adding off the ice, if necessary.
If MacTavish doesn't want to, he doesn't need to let go of anyone. He can add Maurice's experience and figure out responsibilities along the way. You don't have to trade cornerstone players or take on a ridiculous salary.
But you can still make yourself better. That's what Edmonton's desperate to do.
more plus 30 Thoughts,
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
“The hockey’s different,” Maurice added. “How they view it is different. The travel’s different. How everything moves is different. It’s so difficult to describe. Your first month, you notice everything that’s different, and everything seems to be different.
“Then after you’re here for a while, you start to notice some of the similarities, and you realize there’s not much difference in a lot of areas after all. And I guess you get to the point where you realize, just because it’s different doesn’t mean it’s wrong.”
Maurice is coaching Metallurg Magnitogorsk, a perennial KHL powerhouse that was in a rebuilding year until the NHL lockout became official. At that point, Magnitogorsk received three valuable reinforcements: Evgeni Malkin, the NHL’s reigning MVP; Sergei Gonchar, the Ottawa Senators’ defenceman; and Nikolai Kulemin, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ forward.
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
His teams have been up and down but there’s one thing that’s never changed with this man. His reputation among those who’ve played for him is nothing short of magical. There are guys on his team who have so much respect for him they claim privately that they’d almost take a bullet for him, and even the guys he says he’s handled poorly over the years don’t complain.
How does a coach who’s had teams that are up and down like the sun in Phoenix from year to year maintain such a reputation with his players while others with better personnel and much more success aren’t thought of in nearly such a good light? Two reasons according to Maurice.
“My wife says I talk about everything in two parts,” says the 43-year-old, who was the youngest active coach in the league when he started at 28 back in 1995.
Q. You said your biggest challenge is going to be telling your players it’s possible to come back.
PAUL MAURICE: It will be stronger than yesterday. We have to get these guys back out there, so they can get on the ice. And that’s part of what’s supposed to happen, instead of each mistake being part of what’s supposed to happen. Getting across that mental divide is a challenge.
We’ve done it before. Not in conference finals circumstances this year. But that’s what counts.
Q. Statistically, right now people are making a comparison of Crosby and Malkin To Whitney and Staal. When I asked Eric if that was fair, and maybe he’d say no. He said, ‘yes, I’ve earned that comparison with my work through the years’ and he’s not offended by it. What are your thoughts?
from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,
So look at Maurice now – back on the post-season pace, Carolina opening its Eastern Conference semifinal in Boston tonight.
“It’s the best part of hockey, the best part of the year,” the once-again Hurricane steward told the Star. “When you’re out of the playoffs for so long, you really do start to wonder – what’s the point?
“But it’s just so much fun now, I can’t even tell you. The days just slide by. At the moment I’m feeling at ease because we’ve had this little rest. That will all change when the series starts.”
Maurice is among the diaspora of former Leafs who are still playing or coaching hockey that counts, in May. When the post-season began, there were 35 Blue & White – from low-level management to top-tier stars – on the Stanley Cup prowl, while Toronto watched from the sidelines, experiencing the excitement only vicariously.
“The politically correct thing that most coaches would say is that it’s just like any other game. But it’s absolutely not. It’s absolutely personal. You get fired, you want to see that team lose every game for the next ten years.”
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Sources tell TSN the Carolina Hurricanes have fired head coach Peter Laviolette and in a unique about face, have replaced him with former Hurricanes head coach Paul Maurice.
Sources say Maurice will remain on as head coach at least until the end of the season, at which point the position will be re-evaluated leaving the Hurricanes the freedom to head in a different direction, or sign Maurice to a long term contract.
added 10:10am, from Chip Alexander of Lord Stanley’s Blog at the News & Observer,
The Carolina Hurricanes have fired coach Peter Laviolette, who led the team to the 2006 Stanley Cup championship.
The team has called a press conference this morning to announce the coaching change.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
And then, there’s Paul Maurice, who is hitting the books.
“Every time I get fired, I like to take a few courses,” Maurice told ESPN.com on Friday. He is studying business at the University of Windsor (Ontario). “I commute from Toronto and take a few classes down there. Although, last week, the faculty went on strike and that put a bit of a fly in the ointment.”
He’s inching closer to finishing his degree.
“Yeah, I’m on a 22-year plan to get my degree,” said Maurice, never a stranger to a punch line.
more and a note on John Ferguson Jr. too.
From Brian Biggane at the Palm Beach Post,
Panthers General Manager Jacques Martin said today that he has received permission to speak with former Toronto coach Paul Maurice about the vacant Florida coaching job.
Martin, speaking by phone just before the NHL general managers meetings in Detroit, said the permission came from interim Toronto GM Cliff Fletcher about two weeks ago, when Fletcher called to inquire about the services of Joe Nieuwendyk.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired coach Paul Maurice, sources tell TSN.
Maurice had one year remaining on his original three-year contract.
added 11:42am, Leafs have called a major news conference for 3pm today.
Update 1:20pm ET: Some analysis from Adam Proteau at The Hockey News. To wit… Maurice was fired 3 months too late.
Update 3:06pm ET: Not much said at the press conference but a couple quotes from GM Cliff Fletcher related to the termination of Maurice and Randy Ladouceur . Specifically:
“This is the start of a new era for the Maple Leafs” and
“There will be substantial news coming from the hockey club in the next 6-10 weeks.”
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
With his job on the line, possibly as early as tonight’s game in San Jose, Maurice refuted talk the team has quit on him. Midway through his second season with the Leafs, he has another year on his contract.
“We still have dominant men in that room who are competing,” a tense-looking Maurice said after the last-place Kings toyed with the Leafs 5-2 the night before, the club’s 10th loss in the past 12 games. “You always have to have that fight in you and when you don’t, that’s when it’s done.”
Paul Maurice when asked what he said to the team after the Leafs 6-1 loss to the Rangers last night, via the Toronto Sun,
“Some things you should keep to yourself,” Maurice said. “That’s a tough game to sit through when you are beaten that bad that early. Our penalty killers were dragging their butts (because they were on the ice so often). It doesn’t matter (about the skewed number of minor penalties). We’re not blaming anybody else for this.”
more on the game and the Leafs…
from the National Post via Canada.com,
Reality being what it is, both Ferguson and Maurice are walking a tightrope.
Ferguson has clearly not provided his coach with adequate resources. The Leafs admitted they were looking for an adviser to abet their still-young GM last summer. Momentum towards making a change is growing. And, it’s implausible that the club could hire an accomplished replacement for Ferguson without allowing that man to name his own coach.
Management and coaching changes in mid-stream are not unusual - already, this season, Atlanta, Dallas and Washington have fired employees who were in place to begin the schedule. The Leafs will probably will do the same, barring a dramatic and quick reversal of fortune.
from the Toronto Star,
Leafs GM John Ferguson emerged from an hour-long, post-game meeting with coach Paul Maurice last night to announce that the club will stay the course with its coaching staff and roster.
After an alarmingly bad performance in a 5-1 loss to Phoenix at the Jobing.com Arena, there was a strong sense that something had to give.
But Ferguson expressed confidence in his roster and the team’s ability to turn around what is now a three-game losing streak and losses in six of the last seven games.
from the Toronto Sun,
Maurice yesterday gave a brief eulogy for Hanlon, the second NHL coach fired this season, but dismissed the notion that any employees feel safer when the turkey and leftovers are gone and the goodwill of Christmas approaches.
“I think a while ago, yes, but not so much (in the new NHL’s CBA),” Maurice said. “You don’t hear as much talk and there’s not as much action.”
Indeed, most trade banter has been just rumours so far. Many salary cap-strapped teams such as the Leafs have eliminated themselves until the Feb. 26 trade deadline when buying and selling is made easier, at least for some expiring one-year deals at reduced cost.
from the Toronto Sun,
“It’s silly,” McCabe said of recent suggestions that Maurice’s days might be numbered. “There is absolutely nothing wrong with Paul or any of our coaches.”
“They have us prepared every game. Our practices are as good as they’ve ever been.
“The blame is 100% on us, the players. It has nothing to do with the coaches.”
One look at the beleaguered Maurice and it is easy to see the toll the Leafs woes are having on him.
from the Toronto Star,
Yes, the Maple Leafs have lost their last three games.
Yes, the players acknowledge the quotient of fans abandoning all hope is growing exponentially with every loss.
No, the team is not giving up.
“You fight through the adversity you face,” said an impassioned Leafs head coach Paul Maurice.
“You’re going to have to believe during those times when nobody else will, when (critics) will look at the last two months and tie them into the last 41 years and say: `Well, things haven’t changed.’
from the CP via TSN,
Here it is Leafs fans, direct from the mouth of the head coach.
‘‘We’ll make the playoffs and compete for the Stanley Cup,’’ says Paul Maurice.
The pledge was made on the opening day of training camp Thursday.