Hurricanes Relieve Most of Coaching Staff
On Monday, the Carolina Hurricanes announced that head coach Kirk Muller and assistant coaches Dave Lewis and John MacLean have been fired. The Hurricanes also have relieved goaltending coach Greg Stefan from his coaching duties, but Stefan will return to his previous job on the pro scouting department for the team.
Muller has spent the past three seasons behind the bench for the Hurricanes and has posted a 80-80-7 record. Carolina has struggled the past few seasons as they have failed to make it to the post-season since 2009, which is the longest current drought in the Eastern Conference. They missed the postseason by 10 points this year placing 7th in the Eastern Conference wild card race.
All these firings have come a week after the Hurricanes hired Ron Francis as the general manager. Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. said that the decision on the coaching staff’s future was all up to Francis. Francis decided to keep former teammate and current assistant coach Rod Brind’Amour, who was the captain of the Canes’ Stanley Cup Champion team back in 2009.
Muller had no NHL coaching experience when taking over Paul Maurice’s job as head coach back in 2011-12 season.