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Coaches too? Ex-‘Canes boss Maurice off to KHL

Jun 8, 2012, 10:49 AM EDT

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The recent exodus of NHLers to Russia continued on Friday, but with a twist — this time, it’s a coach.

According to various reports, former Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs bench boss Paul Maurice has agreed to coach Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL. He’ll be joined by former ‘Canes goalie coach Tom Barasso, who was recently replaced in Carolina by Greg Stefan.

TSN’s Darren Dreger reports there may have been a European bidding war for Maurice’s services. ZSC Zurich — the team Bob Hartley left to take the head coaching job in Calgary — had expressed interest, but it appears Metallurg put together a superior offer (rumored to be a one-year, $2 million deal.)

Maurice — who took the ‘Canes to an Eastern Conference and Cup finals — is the second big coup for Metallurg in recent days. The team also inked former Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello, the fourth NHLers to move to Russia this June. The others are Erik Christensen, Sami Lepisto and Curtis Sanford, with offers apparently being drawn up for Alex Semin and Alex Radulov.

  1. t16rich - Jun 8, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    At $2 million a year, Paul Maurice is laughing all the way to the bank. That is good money.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      I believe it’s tax free too

  2. jeffersonkostilnick - Jun 8, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    The thought of playing in the KHL (regardless of the money) is enough to make me crap my pants………. oopsie doopsie i made a pudding whoopsie. Well this is embarrassing. Boss is not pleased with my actions at work.

  3. mehetmet - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    maybe the media will start moving too!

  4. caniacx4 - Jun 8, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    CYA … Mo….
    At least one thing, no chance for our GM to bring another former cane back.

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