Video: Maurice seems unhappy with Yeo using top players late in blowout

The Associated Press
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The Winnipeg Jets struggled on the ice tonight, but head coach Paul Maurice’s dry wit was a cut above.

After suffering an 8-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild tonight, Maurice seemed to disapprove of Wild coach Mike Yeo’s decision to put out his top players in a preseason game that had already been decided.

“You get in those games, and they’re going to keep putting out good players,” Maurice said. “Like when they got an 8-1 lead. They got a power play. The best is coming out. In an exhibition game.”

He was deadpanned in his delivery, which prompted a reporter to ask Maurice if his initial comment should be taken as a sign that he’s frustrated with Yeo.

“No, no, I thought it was just an honor to be in the same building with him tonight,” Maurice replied.

You can watch it for yourself below:

The silver lining in all of this for Winnipeg is that, of course, the game didn’t count.