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‘I was prepared for it,’ says former Hurricanes coach Muller

May 7, 2014, 1:03 AM EDT

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There had been uncertainty around the future of Kirk Muller with the Carolina Hurricanes for some time.

So Monday’s announcement that he had lost his job as the team’s head coach didn’t quite come as a surprise.

“It wasn’t like we lost the night before and came in the next day and boom, you’re gone,” Muller told the Raleigh News and Observer newspaper. “There was a three-week period of weighing what way it’s going to go. I was prepared for it.”

The Hurricanes finished well out of the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference, placing 13th. The franchise’s last playoff berth came in 2009.

With the firing of Muller and most of his staff – John MacLean and Dave Lewis – the Hurricanes are now in the midst of a “fresh start,” which is a phrase new general manager Ron Francis used often when addressing the franchise’s move on Monday.


  1. muckleflugga - May 7, 2014 at 2:52 AM

    it’s hard to understand why dave lewis doesn’t get a look as head coach somewhere … he was respectable enough coaching wings, and with time has likely improved … he may have been too well liked by players

    muller made the jump a little early one has to think … too much currency placed on his time with les canadiens at a time when habs were pretty average

    carolina, like edmonton, seems to be a graveyard for coaches

    muller can always find work modelling mens’ wear … lewis, a combine salesman in kindersley

  2. storminator16 - May 7, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Your actions the last week of the season (the newspaper comments and the obvious stick-it-to-the-Staals line changes) tipped us all if you knew it was coming, Kirk. #lastminuteaccountabilitycheck-shouldhavediditfromdayone

    • storminator16 - May 7, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      Excuse me, last “2” weeks of the season.

  3. djshnooks - May 7, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    He made Gerbe and Sekera look good.

    That is REALLY hard to do.

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