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Knoblauch says that Paul Maurice declined to hire him


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Sam Jones
June 4, 2024  (2:00 PM)
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Knoblauch says that Maurice declined to hire him
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In a revealing prelude to the much-anticipated Stanley Cup Final, Edmonton Oilers coach Kris Knoblauch disclosed a personal backstory involving his counterpart, Paul Maurice of the Florida Panthers.

This intriguing detail adds a layer of personal history to the impending high-stakes matchup.
Knoblauch shared that during his time seeking a position under Maurice, who then helmed the Winnipeg Jets, he was turned down for an assistant coaching role. Despite the professional setback, Maurice extended an offer to mentor Knoblauch, an offer that the latter has valued and utilized over the years. The Oilers coach elaborated on their continued interactions, highlighting the supportive dynamic that has evolved between them.
Knoblauch said he interviewed for an assistant job in Winnipeg with Maurice. Didn't get the job but Maurice offered to mentor him anytime he needed advice. Said he took him up on it a few times over the years. - Ryan Rishaug on X

Maurice's tenure with the Jets, which spanned from 2014 to 2021, ended on a note of self-awareness as he stepped down, believing a new voice was necessary for the team. His journey did not stop there; now with the Panthers, Maurice has demonstrated his coaching prowess, leading the team to consecutive Stanley Cup Final appearances. Maurice, who began his NHL coaching career at the young age of 28, now ranks among the elite with over 1800 games under his belt.
On the other side, Knoblauch, a rising star in coaching, has made a significant impact on the Oilers. Under his guidance, the team has transformed into a formidable contender, reflecting his strategic acumen and leadership. The personal connection and shared history between Knoblauch and Maurice add an intriguing subplot to the upcoming series, raising questions about how their past interactions might influence their strategies and post-game narratives in this high-stakes contest.
As the hockey world turns its eyes to the ice, the relationship between these two coaches will undoubtedly add an extra layer of drama and excitement to the finals.
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Knoblauch says that Paul Maurice declined to hire him

In your opinion, does this indicate a coaching rivalry between Knoblauch and Maurice?

Yes, there's definitely an angle3123.8 %
No, if anything they're friends4635.4 %
There will be when the series starts4131.5 %
Maurice is a clown for not hiring Knoblauch129.2 %
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