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NHL: Andrew Brunette replaced by Paul Maurice behind the Florida Panthers bench

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Paul Maurice replaces Andrew Brunette at the helm of the Florida Panthers.

Bruna lost her position as head coach and Paul Maurice was hired. The announcement was confirmed in prime time. Our collaborator for Atletico Pierre LeBrun said the three-year deal will bring just under $ 4 million a year for the new manager.

Panthers general manager Bill Zito said in a statement that Maurice’s hiring comes after a “rigorous process of reviewing all aspects of the team.”

“After taking the time for our analysis, we determined that we needed the perfect combination to continue with our improving players, as well as our franchise goals,” explained Zito. Paul’s experience and intelligence are exactly what we have been looking for and we are thrilled to have him fill the position of head coach. “

Finalist for the Jack Adams Trophy, ultimately won by Calgary Flames driver Darryl Sutter, Brunette took on the job of interim head coach earlier in the season, after Joel Quenneville quit his job following the relationship. Kyle Beach. He led the Panthers to their first ever Presidents Trophy with a 58-18-6 record.

Bruna helped the team set team records including wins (58), home wins (34), away wins (24), points (122) and goals scored (304).

The Panthers, however, were overwhelmed in the second round of the playoffs by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Maurice, meanwhile, had been out of work since he stepped down from the Winnipeg Jets last December after nearly eight seasons on duty. With the Manitoba club, he showed a record of 315-223-62 in 600 games.

“I gave my all for as long as I could here. I like these guys. However, they need a new voice and I’m sure of it, ”Maurice left when he left the Jets.

Maurice began his NHL coaching career with the Hartford Whalers in 1995 at the age of 29. He stayed with the organization when he moved to Carolina to become the Hurricanes.

Maurice was fired from Carolina in 2003 before being hired by the Toronto Maple Leafs to coach their American Hockey League academy in 2005. He became the head coach of the Leafs in 2006 after the team fired Pat Quinn, working two seasons in Toronto.

Maurice was hired by Carolina in December 2008 and remained there until he was fired a second time in 2011.

He then coached for a season in the KHL in 2012-13, before being hired by the Jets.

His 775 career victories place him sixth among all NHL coaches (775-680-99).

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