The Carolina Hurricanes have decided to let coach Kirk Muller and most of his staff go on Monday, one week after Ron Francis took over as the general manager. “Kirk and his staff worked very hard, but we feel that the team is in need of a fresh start at this time,” Francis said in a statement issued by the team.
Assistants John MacLean and Dave Lewis were also let go, and goaltending coach Greg Stefan was reassigned to the team’s pro scouting department. Rod Brind’Amour, a third-year assistant who was the captain of Carolina’s Stanley Cup-winning team, will remain part of the coaching staff, Francis said.
Muller went 80-80-27 in the three seasons he was with the Hurricanes, who haven’t sniffed the playoffs since 2009, which is the longest active drought in the Eastern Conference. Carolina finished 13th in the 16-team East this season and has missed the postseason in seven of the eight years since winning its only Cup in 2006.