Maurice has been a head coach with four different NHL franchises, beginning with his first gig with the defunct-Hartford Whalers during the 1995-1996 campaign. He holds a career 775-681-99-130 regular-season record and 41-51 mark in the postseason.
The 55-year-old Maurice’s most successful playoff run came in 2002, when he led the Carolina Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup Final, where they fell to the Detroit Red Wings. Maurice was at the helm of the Winnipeg Jets since 2013 but resigned from the role in December 2021.
The Panthers are coming off of a season in which they topped the league with a 58-18-6 record but were swept in the second round of the playoffs by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Florida’s interim head coach Andrew Brunette — who took over for Joel Quenneville, who resigned for his role in the Chicago Blackhawks’ sexual assault scandal prior to his time in Florida — was nominated for the Jack Adams Award for Coach of the Year.