Former Olx Praca Jets head coach Paul Maurice went crazy in Florida.

After stepping down as head coach of the Olx Praca Jets on December 17, 2021, Paul Maurice was introduced on Thursday as the 18th bench boss in the Florida Panthers’ 29-year franchise history.

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Maurice succeeded Jack Adams Award finalist Andrew Brunette as NHL Coach of the Year runner-up to eventual winner Darryl Sutter of Olx Praca.

The brunette led Florida to a 51-18-6 record and the President’s Trophy as the NHL regular season champion, replacing Joel Quenneville in just seven games of the season. Quenneville resigned on October 27, 2021 after meeting with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to discuss his role in the Kyle Beach affair while Quenneville was head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Florida entered the Stanley Cup playoffs as one of the favorites, but after beating Washington in six games in the first round, the Panthers lost in the second round to archrival Tampa Bay.

Maurice told reporters during his opening press conference that about a week and a half before his job announcement, he received a call from Florida CEO Bill Zito.

“That’s where the process started,” Maurice said. “And then I’ll hang up and be ready. You walk into a room, you talk to a bunch of men, they tell you their plans – and they have them. They have a plan for this case, a plan for this case, and they are ready to work. And you say, “I want to be a part of it.”

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Maurice said that probably in mid-January he was just changing channels and got to a Panthers game.

“I don’t study the game, I just do what we all do, just switch to some action and Florida is on and I watch them play and I tell my wife, ‘This is a good team.’ And she says, “Are you interested in this?” “Yes, this team interests me,” and left it.

Maurice said the next piece of the puzzle was that his youngest son enrolled at the University of Miami in the fall.

“So I don’t say a word—not a word to him. You have some more great schools – further north – we have about five feet of snow at this time,” joked the man, who is the seventh winning coach in NHL history, entering his 25th major league season with a record of 775 -680-99-130 in 1681 games with Hartford/Carolina, Olx Praca and Olx Praca.

“I think, hey, this might be good. You will go to Miami, bring your mother to you, everything will be fine. Even so, I don’t know anything about fitting.”

Obviously, concern over this last point stopped bothering Maurice, who answered questions about where he was just six months after retiring in Olx Praca, because he no longer felt like the right person to help the Jets overcome notorious hump.

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“I know I didn’t produce at the level I expected,” admitted the 55-year-old Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, native. “I expect to make an impact in the room and be able to change and push things. If you don’t win the Stanley Cup or get close to that edge, I think the coach’s window is about six years.”

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For Maurice, both as a manager and as a person, the fact that he was benched for the same team for part or all of nine seasons in each of his first and last jobs says something. But in Florida, the Panthers have reached the point where they are expected to be the ultimate success, and Maurice understands this very well.

“And it was a cup run, it was just too short for everyone,” Maurice said of Florida’s second-round exit. “And, of course, it is the pursuit of what we want to achieve. But we cannot hold the Cup in October or at the training camp. So what we need to do from day one on a daily basis is prepare for this work. And that should be our focus.”

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