The Winnipeg Jets are working on a deal to hire Rick Bowness as head coach, a source confirmed to The Athletic. TSN’s Darren Dreger first reported the news.
Bowness stepped down as head coach of the Dallas Stars in late May. He joined Dallas on an interim basis in 2019-20 and guided them to the Stanley Cup Final that season, which earned him the head coaching position.
Paul Maurice was the coach of the Jets for nearly nine full seasons before he resigned in December.
Bowness took over the Stars on an interim basis in 2019-20 and guided them to the Stanley Cup Final that season. He was then named full-time head coach after that postseason run.
The 67-year-old Bowness held a regular-season record of 89-62-25 in Dallas and an 18-16 postseason record with the Stars. Bowness also had stints head coaching the Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins, Jets/Coyotes franchise, and the New York Islanders.
Last season, the Jets went 39-32-11 between Maurice and Dave Lowry, who took over after Maurice stepped down.
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