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‘Canes fire Muller; team needs ‘fresh start,’ says Francis

May 5, 2014, 11:08 AM EDT

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The Carolina Hurricanes have fired head coach Kirk Muller, as well as his assistants John MacLean and Dave Lewis.

“We thank Kirk, John and Dave for their time and effort during the past three seasons,” said new general manager Ron Francis in a release. “Kirk and his staff worked very hard, but we feel that the team is in need of a fresh start at this time.”

Assistant coach Rod Brind’Amour will remain part of the coaching staff, while goaltending coach Greg Stefan has been reassigned to the pro scouting department.

Since being hired on Nov. 28, 2011, Muller went 80-80-27 behind the bench in Carolina, failing to lead the Hurricanes to the playoffs.

Carolina joins Florida, Nashville, Vancouver and Washington on the list of teams with head-coaching vacancies. It’s possible that list grows further, depending what happens in Toronto and San Jose.

  1. stcrowe - May 5, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Muller is a great guy, and could be a great coach, but he had a terrible, motley bunch of defencemen to work with.

    • storminator16 - May 5, 2014 at 12:06 PM

      Kirk Muller was not a good coach. Not even close.

      • stcrowe - May 5, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        You may be right. I didn’t see many Hurricanes games on TV. I just can’t imagine that very many coaches could succeed with that defensive core.

      • storminator16 - May 5, 2014 at 12:35 PM

        The defense was fine. Team couldn’t score and forwards were taking bad penalties. Team had no grit. Patrick Dwyer is a second line winger at times. Sounds like coach/GM problem to me.

      • storminator16 - May 5, 2014 at 12:38 PM

        Coach preached accountability from Day 1 but didn’t practice it until he saw the writing on the wall. Kirk Muller has never done anything that states he was some kind of hockey genius. Media driven hype machine.

  2. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 5, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Another team in the bidding for Trotz?

  3. imgoingtowichita - May 5, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Sure he didn’t quit?

  4. storminator16 - May 5, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    I’m surprised Dave Lewis wasn’t kept. Muller had to go, though. Bad hiring.

  5. stcrowe - May 5, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    If only Paul Maurice was available. He could be Carolina’s answer to the late Billy Martin.

  6. deeboy - May 5, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    This is an easily defensible firing. Carolina’s defense wasn’t the problem this year, it was the lack of grit and depth in the forward lines. Also communication from the coaching staff was a huge issue, if the player exit interviews are to be believed.

    A new GM wanting to hire his own coach. I completely understand that one.

  7. President Charles Logan - May 5, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Heck bring Laviolette back!

  8. jason9696 - May 5, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Yeah it’s always the coaches fault. How about trading the 20 players instead?

  9. pfhockey - May 5, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    I think Laviolette should be coach. Like the time they won the cup.

  10. slysipops - May 5, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    maybe EDDIE OLCHYCK would be a good fit ? he seems to know everything there is to know about hockey! just listen to him on the nat’l telecasts!

    • slysipops - May 5, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      make that OLCZYK

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