Quotes from presser:
“It became apparent that things weren’t trending in the right direction”
“I ended up reaching out to Paul after the Tampa game to see if I was going to go in a direction like that”
“Last night I went to ownership and talked to them about making a chance and I met with Paul over the phone”
“I made the decision with lots of conversation with my staff and ownership. The decision was mine”
“It’s not just the last two games, it’s the consistency factor”
“In our conversations he was very in tune with our team from arms length”
“We need to get younger players in our system that push the NHL roster”
“I would say no” -Kevin Cheveldayoff when asked if he did everything he could to help Claude succeed.
“I feel for the fans, I’d love this to happen quicker. The passion that’s exuded by our fans is tremendous.”
“We envisioned we would be higher in the standings”
Paul Maurice was given a contract until the end of the season. Nothing on paper, Chevy says they had a handshake over the phone.
Chevy met personally with Claude and Perry today at MTS Centre and informed them of the decisions. He then met with the players at IcePlex.
“That’s something we’ll continue to talk about with the coaching staff” -Chevy on what position Byfuglien should play