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Video: Francis addresses Muller firing, says ‘fresh start’ a bunch of times

May 5, 2014, 5:25 PM EDT

Carolina Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis met with reporters today after firing head coach Kirk Muller and assistants John MacLean and Dave Lewis.

The highlights:

— Francis reiterated that it was important to get a “fresh start”; hence, the coaching change.

— Called it an open search for Muller’s replacement. “I don’t really have anybody in mind.”

— Ideally would like to have a new coach in place for the draft.

— Said firing the coach doesn’t let players off the hook, and players were told as much in their exit interviews.

— Wants a coach that communicates well and holds players accountable.

Related: Francis to lead ‘fresh start’ in Carolina

  1. barkar942 - May 5, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    “Also, wants a coach that holds players accountable.”
    Is Ron Francis a Torts fan?

    • 7mantel - May 5, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      Sounds like a plan to me !

  2. puckmepuckyou - May 5, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Torts fan. lol Same thing I thought too. or Lavi coming back.

  3. stroh5584 - May 5, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Lavi won’t be back because Karmanos doesn’t like him. Would like to see Jeff Daniels or Kevin McCarthy

  4. dolphincult - May 5, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Kevin Dineen

  5. stroh5584 - May 5, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Kevin Dineen was actually supposed to succeed Mo on his second go around, but he was unavailable. I wouldn’t write that one off

  6. vanindeed - May 5, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Oh right Carolina has a team!

  7. stroh5584 - May 5, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Yup and a cup

  8. 950003cups - May 5, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Tortorella would be a sideshow in NC. But I can’t say I wouldn’t love to see him back. I hate the thought of not seeing those postgame pressers. He’s a tort. No pun intended.

  9. stroh5584 - May 5, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    Don’t think he’s a Ron Francis kinda guy. Too much baggage

  10. rushledger - May 6, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    They’re going to be living off the memory of 2006 for a long time.

  11. storminator16 - May 10, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Fresh start -> Gary Roberts.

    I would highly approve +1 kabillion.

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