I guess you could say Paul Maurice is a bit fed up.
Who could blame the Winnipeg Jets coach, really? After a decisive 6-2 defeat of the Arizona Coyotes on opening night, the Jets have been able to muster just two goals in their next four outings. That’s not a typo.
Following the Jets’ 4-1 loss at the hands of the Calgary Flames – a game in which the Flames were playing their final road game of a six-game road trip – Jets’ winger Blake Wheeler reportedly spoke to media about whether it was the players’ responsibility to hold each other accountable for their on-ice performance.
The question was then posed back to Paul Maurice in his press conference on Monday. While you can watch the whole press conference below, and there are certainly some great sound bites, you should fast-forward to the 8:30 mark for the goods.
If you didn’t catch that, the question was in regards to what Wheeler had said: if it isn’t the players’ responsibility to hold each other accountable, who does that responsibility then fall to?
It’s clear that the Jets coach feels that everything is right where it should be, telling the assembled media, in his own way, that it’s all under control.
Maurice, who apologized for his use of profanity almost immediately, has reason to be upset. The team is struggling, they’ve never made the playoffs, and there are talks already amongst Jets’ fans that it might be time for the team to move on from Maurice.
After shooting out of the gates under Maurice once former-coach Claude Noel was let go, the Jets fell flat and missed the playoffs. Still, it was enough to earn Maurice a four-year contract extension.
If the Jets don’t right the ship by the end of the season, there’s a chance that Maurice – like John Tortorella last season in Vancouver – won’t see year two of his new deal. That said, if the season continues this way, maybe Winnipeg fans could start looking for some new McDavid or Eichel threads.