Brind'Amour, Lewis added to Canes coaching staff

Posted June 7, 2011
Updated June 8, 2011

— As expected, Rod Brind'Amour was officially announced as an assistant coach for the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday at a press conference at the RBC Center.

Jim Rutherford, Canes President and General Manager also announced that Dave Lewis will join Brind’Amour for the 2011-12 season. Ron Francis, who previously served as the team's associate head coach has been named director of hockey operations and Tom Rowe has been added to the team’s pro scouting department.

Head coach Paul Maurice feels like the additions are a perfect meeting of the minds.

"When you get different ideas together it gives you a chance to move forward, Maurice said. "We have different guys with different styles and I’m very excited about this team."

Rutherford insists that despite the player-backgrounds of Brind'Amour and Francis, the promotions within the organization are not simply based on name, but instead based on merit.

"These people are not here just because they are good players and good guys," Rutherford said. "They are here because they are very good at the position and it makes the whole group a lot stronger."

In a pre-arranged decision between Brind'Amour and the Canes, Maurice said the team's former captain who served as the Hurricanes’ director of forwards development in 2010-11 will not be behind the bench for every game. Something that Brind'Amour felt was important in order to spend time with his family.

"I will not always be around so I will be able to juggle (family time) a little," Brind'Amour said. "It is a challenge that everyone faces when you get time away then step right back into it."

Brind’Amour’s new role with the Hurricanes is as assistant coach and development coach. Maurice feels like his year away from the NHL and his experience working with the younger forwards will be beneficial to Brind'Amour in his new role.

"He just recently stopped playing and knows the players very well," Maurice said. "He’s had a year off so he’s not right off the players bench and onto the coaching bench. He’s seen it from a different angle."

Lewis, 57, has been named assistant coach for the Hurricanes. He served as head coach of the Detroit Red Wings from 2002-04 and head coach of the Boston Bruins from 2006-07, compiling an NHL career coaching record of 135-83-33. Lewis’ most recent NHL coaching position was with the Los Angeles Kings, where he served as an assistant coach in 2007-08.

As director of hockey operations, Francis will work directly with Rutherford on all hockey-related matters. Francis, 48, had served as associate head coach for the Hurricanes since 2008, while also working as director of player personnel for the organization.

Rowe, 55, who had worked the past three season as an assistant coach for the Canes, will now work as a pro scout, assisting Director of Professional Scouting Marshall Johnston. Prior to joining Carolina’s coaching staff, he spent the previous four seasons serving as head coach and general manager for the team’s top minor-league affiliates, compiling a career record of 156-130-14-20 in 320 games as a head coach in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Brind'Amour, Francis, Lewis and Rowe all played in the NHL. Brind'Amour and Francis each have their numbers retired by the organization and Francis was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007.


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  • scorekeep Jun 9, 2011

    Aren't there other people out there that may not have been friends with Rutherford that can help the team? The "Good ol' Boy" network in action. Which, in most cases, leads into mediocrity. Or continues it.

  • JPack Jun 8, 2011

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    I assume you are talking about how duke hires former players. While I am no fan of duke, you can't tell me that this same concept hasn't been productive for them. The numbers don't lie. Don't knock it until it fails. With the recent lack of success, let Ruthie shake things up a little.

  • JPack Jun 8, 2011

    "Rutherford insists that despite the player-backgrounds of Brind'Amour and Francis, the promotions within the organization are not simply based on name, but instead based on merit."
    Ruthie...this is one of the few decisions you don't have to explain yourself on. We actually like this move.

  • unaffiliated_voter Jun 7, 2011

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    Agreed, but hopefully having a guy with previous NHL head coaching experience already behind the bench and on the payroll will make it easier for the team to get rid of Mo sooner than they would otherwise. That's the value I see in Lewis. I don't think Lewis will be a long-term answer behind the bench, but if the 'Canes are underachieving by late November, hopefully Rutherford will feel comfortable letting him take over as interim for the rest of the season.

  • unaffiliated_voter Jun 7, 2011

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    Full seasons as head coach: Lewis 3, Maurice 11
    Division titles: Lewis 2, Maurice 2
    100+ point seasons: Lewis 2, Maurice 0

    Lewis had great talent on his Detroit teams of course, but he knew how to use that talent enough to get 109 and 110 points in his two seasons (and those were before the shootout was added so that might be like about 114 or 115 now). He didn't do well in the playoffs which is unforgivable in Detroit so he got fired. Imagine that. A guy gets 110 and 109 points in two seasons and gets fired. Maurice has a career best of 91 points in 11 full seasons and he stays around.

    I do hope that having Lewis as plan B will make Rutherford more willing to dump Maurice by about Thanksgiving when the 'Canes are underachieving. At least he won't be able to say "We're sticking with Maurice because where are we going to find anyone with head coaching experience at this time of the season?"

  • jscott13 Jun 7, 2011

    All of these changes will do little until Mo is gone.

  • Southern Girl Jun 7, 2011

    Love Hurricane hockey, and this year will be THE year. Great move to make Brind'Amour assistant. He has a way with the other players - they respect him. It will be one great year this year!!!! GO HURRICANES!!

  • treeofliphe Jun 7, 2011

    You can polish a but it is still a . Sorry Mo you gotta go... Again!

  • VT1994Hokie Jun 7, 2011

    Smart move. These guys can coach, and they know the team members. Also should fit nicely with the top people within the organization.

  • PanthersFan45 Jun 7, 2011

    I liked him as a captain and I think he will do fine as an assistant. I see Rod as more of a motivator than a coach for some reason. He was always known for working out in the gym and playing both ends of the ice as evident from his Selke Awards. Way to go Rod !!




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