MAJOR | Blake Wheeler calls out Rick Bowness after he scorched the team post-game

Published April 29, 2023 at 9:46

The Winnipeg Jets met with the media on Saturday morning just two days after being eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Game 5 against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Following their series loss, Jets head coach Rick Bowness had some very strong words regarding his team, saying he was disappointed and disgusted with how they played throughout the five games against the Golden Knights.

During his time with the media on Saturday morning, Jets forward Blake Wheeler expressed his displeasure with his coach's comments and said that could have had those conversations with the team behind closed doors.

"He could've been honest with us, we could've had those discussions behind closed doors so I didn't agree with how he handled himself after that game." Wheeler said.

Kyle Connor and Adam Lowry were also asked about Bowness' comments after their series loss and they tended to agree with their former captain Blake Wheeler. Connor said that the players would have liked a little more transparency, while Lowry said that he wished Bowness would have come to them to tell him how he felt about their performances during the playoffs.

It'll be interesting to see how this is dealt with in the off-season. This isn't an ideal situation and while at the end of the day they're all professionals, it's hard to see this being rectified. While Bowness has two more years remaining on his contract, a coaching change will certainly be something to keep an eye on in Winnipeg over the coming months.
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MAJOR | Blake Wheeler calls out Rick Bowness after he scorched the team post-game

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