Paul Maurice will be back behind the bench next season -- but it won't be in the National Hockey League.
Maurice has been named as the new coach for Magnitogorsk of the KHL, where he will reunite with former Carolina Hurricanes goalie coach Tom Barrasso, who will serve as one of his assistants.
Maurice was fired by the Hurricanes this past season after posting an 8-13-4 record, and replaced by Kirk Muller. In two stints as coach of the Hartford/Carolina franchise as well as two seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Maurice has a career record of 460-457-99-69. In 2002, he led the Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup Final, where they lost in five games to Detroit.
I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.
— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round