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BLAKE WHEELER GIVES HONEST ASSESSMENT OF HEAD COACH PAUL MAURICE

JUN 9, 2021  (17H03)      COLTON PANKIW
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After a great start to the postseason in which they swept the Edmonton Oilers, the Winnipeg Jets cooled off in a major way in the second round and were swept themselves by the Montreal Canadiens.

With the tough and sudden loss, many fans have suggested that the Jets may need a new voice behind the bench next season, rather than Paul Maurice who has been the teams head coach since 2014. On Wednesday, Jets players spoke with media one last time and answered many tough questions, including team captain Blake Wheeler who was asked his thoughts on his bench boss.

«I've been on teams where the coach has lost the team and the message isn't received,» said Wheeler. «That has never happened with Paul.»

Wheeler went on to say that he personally thought Maurice did perhaps his finest work as head coach this season. This is clearly a ringing endorsement, and one that may very well have general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff decide to keep him around next season. While some fans have grown tired of Maurice, he is not the issue with this team. If they are able to bring in a few pieces this offseason, particularly on the blueline, they could very well contend for a Stanley Cup in 2021-22.

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