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Paul Maurice fired as Hurricanes coach

Posted on: November 28, 2011 10:16 am
Edited on: November 28, 2011 2:57 pm
 
maurice1By: Adam Gretz

Monday turned out to be a bad day to be a head coach in the NHL's Southeast Division. Not long after the Washington Capitals fired Bruce Boudreau and replaced him with Dale Hunter, the Carolina Hurricanes announced that they have fired Paul Maurice.

He will be replaced by former NHL player Kirk Muller, who was previously the head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League.

This was Maurice's second stint with the Hurricanes franchise, also coaching the team from 1995-96 (when it was still based in Hartford) through the 2003-04 season, leading the team to the Stanley Cup Finals during the 2001-02 campaign where they would ultimately lose to the Detroit Red Wings. Following a two-year stint behind the bench in Toronto, Maurice returned to Carolina during the 2008-09 season and guided the Hurricanes to the Eastern Conference Finals. This was Maurice's 15th season as a head coach in the NHL, having compiled a 460-457-99-68 record (the 99 are ties from his pre-lockout coaching days) and qualifying for the postseason just four times.

Through the first 25 games of this season the Hurricanes have struggled out of the gate, winning just eight games and currently occupying the bottom spot in the division, while the team's best players, Eric Staal and Cam Ward, have been mired in early season slumps.

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Following Monday's division-wide shakeup, Tampa Bay's Guy Boucher, currently in his second year on the job, is now the longest tenured head coach in the Southeast. Washington and Carolina will be introducing new coaches on Monday, while the Florida Panthers and Winnipeg Jets have first-year coaches with Kevin Dineen and Claude Noel, respectively.

If nothing else, the division is a nice illustration as to just how short the shelf life is for a head coach in the NHL.

Muller was previously an assistant coach at the NHL level with the Montreal Canadiens, and was in his first year as a head coach in the American Hockey League. The No. 2 overall pick in the 1984 draft, he played 19 seasons in the NHL with New Jersey, Montreal, the New York Islanders, Toronto, Florida and Dallas, scoring 357 goals and was always one of the better defensive forwards in the NHL.

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Since: Oct 9, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 12:45 pm
 

Paul Maurice fired as Hurricanes coach

I'm glad for Muller, always seemed like a good guy and the players in Montreal seemed to respond to him in his time as assistant here. I have a feeling that he'll be another good young coach who got away from the Habs. While the 'canes aren't loaded, I think Muller will bring out the best in alot of these kids. Likely a good move for Staal.



Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 12:20 pm
 

Paul Maurice fired as Hurricanes coach

I played against Laviolette in two games when he was a captain with the Binghamton Rangers in the early '90's. Not only is he a great coach, he is also a great guy. Carolina will be kicking themlseves for a long time, especially if Pete hoists his first Stanley Cup in Philly and his second over-all.




Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2011 10:53 pm
 

Paul Maurice fired as Hurricanes coach

I thought Rutherford made a terrible decision in firing Peter Laviolette

It's ironic that Laviolette has now been with the Flyers longer than any of the coaches in the Southeast Division have been with their teams.

Although I'm a Flyers fan, I'd say the Hurricanes looked good against us just a week ago, but I gather that was perceived as something of an aberration (the Flyers did win the first two games between the teams).

Well, good luck with it, since we don't play you again for another six weeks or so. And knock off a few of the teams in our division while you're at it.




Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2011 3:38 pm
 

Paul Maurice fired as Hurricanes coach

2 Milwaukee Admiral coaches to the NHL in one year? What is Miller/Coors putting in that beer up there?



Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2011 2:36 pm
 

Paul Maurice fired as Hurricanes coach

> Tampa Bay's Guy Boucher, currently in his second year on the job, is now the longest tenured head coach in the Southeast.


That is incredible to me.  I thought Maurice was an excellent coach.  I thought he got a ton out of a team that didn't have much in the way of star power.  It will be interesting to see how Muller does there.  From what I hear, he is a defensive minded coach as well...

Boudreau really wasn't a surprise to me.  Ovi's numbers are down a bit, and he hasn't seemed himself.  Most blame it on Boudreau's system.  I don't know much about it, but if there is any truth to those claims, he definitely has to go.  Ovi can win a championship for you if you let him.  To hell with a system.  Pgh had to fight through this a lot in the Lemieux years.  66 was constantly at odds with coaches who tried to stifle his ability to win games.








Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2011 2:30 pm
 

Paul Maurice fired as Hurricanes coach

It remains to be seen whether Muller makes a good NHL coach. He might be too much like Larry Robinson, great player but too much one of the boys to stand behind the bench. Paul Marice was a butt-kissing toadie in Toronto, I still don't understand why he was ever hired by the Hurricanes. Maybe upper management likes that sort of thing.



Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2011 12:48 pm
 

Paul Maurice fired as Hurricanes coach

Finally Paul Maurice is gone. I thought Rutherford made a terrible decision in firing Peter Laviolette. I don't know much about Kirk Muller and was actually hoping they would have given Jeff Daniels a shot at coaching. He knows all the young players well from being the head coach of the Charlotte Checkers. Either way I hope they bring back Zac Dalpe and give him some real minutes to show his talents.

I hope the best for my Canes on the rest of the season. Today was the first big step in that direction!



Since: May 30, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 12:10 pm
 

Paul Maurice fired as Hurricanes coach

This is bad news for the Habs because I think deep down they were grooming Captain Kirk to take over for Jacques Martin. Martin while maybe not worthy of the headline above just quite yet, will ultimately get there and having Muller as the replacement would make the decision easier.

If Captain Kirk gets the job, I wish him the best of luck. He was a great player and I'm sure he'll make a great coach. Oh yeah and hey Paul, won't be seeing you in the bigs anytime soon!



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