The Carolina Hurricanes have fired head coach Kirk Muller and assistants John MacLean and Dave Lewis. The firing comes after a disappointing season. The Hurricanes finished 24th in the NHL and second to last in the Metropolitan Division with 83 points.
“We thank Kirk, John and Dave for their time and effort during the past three seasons,” said Francis in a statement. “Kirk and his staff worked very hard, but we feel that the team is in need of a fresh start at this time.” TSN
In the NHL like all professional sports the idea is to win, and Muller did not do that. During his three season behind the bench the Huricanes went 80-80-27, missing the playoffs each year. In reality this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. The Hurricanes recently named Ron Francis executive vice president and general manager. Triggering what may be a complete rebuild.
Staying on staff is former Hurricanes great Rod Brind’Amour. What coaching role Brind’Amour will undertake is yet to be determined. With the firing of head coach MacLean the Hurricanes have joined a hand full of other NHL clubs looking for a new bench boss. This off-season could set the tone in the franchise for years to come, and hiring the right coach is going to be very important.