Muller out after 3 years as Canes coach
Posted May 5
RALEIGH, N.C. — After three seasons and a .500 record as coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, Kirk Muller and two of his assistants were dismissed from the team Monday.
Muller is 80-80-27 in three years with the Hurricanes, his first stint as an NHL head coach.
The Canes went 36-35-11 in 2013-14 season, earning 83 points while finishing 13th in the East. The team never made the postseason under Muller's leadership and has missed the playoffs five years straight and seven of eight seasons since their 2006 Stanley Cup Championship.
Assistant coaches John MacLean and Dave Lewis were also ousted and Greg Stefan was reassigned from goaltending coach to the pro scouting department. Francis kept Rod Brind’Amour, part of the 2006 Cup team, as a member of the coaching staff.
“We thank Kirk, John and Dave for their time and effort during the past three seasons,” said General Manager Ron Francis. “Kirk and his staff worked very hard, but we feel that the team is in need of a fresh start at this time.”
Francis, who stepped into the GM role just a week ago, had been expected to make a coaching change. Asked about the situation, he said, "There are no easy decisions. You analyze things the best you can and make the decisions that you think are best for the organization. Hopefully, if you are right, you can be successful."
In an interview after the season ended, team owner Peter Karmanos said "I like our coaching staff" and "I think they've made a lot of progress."