Hurricanes fire Kirk Muller after three seasons in charge

Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller looks on against the New York Islanders at PNC Center on...

Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller looks on against the New York Islanders at PNC Center on November 7, 2013 in Raleigh, NC, USA. (James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports)

Mike Zeisberger, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:17 PM ET

Add Kirk Muller to the growing list of coaches on the unemployment line.

With the Maple Leafs expected to make a decision on the fate of Randy Carlyle as early as this week, incoming Carolina Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis didn’t wait that long to drop the axe on Muller, making the move on Monday.

Assistant coaches John MacLean and Dave Lewis were also fired. Surviving was assistant Rod Brind’Amour, who will remain on the coaching staff.

“We thank Kirk, John and Dave for their time and effort during the past three seasons,” Francis said in a statement. “Kirk and his staff worked very hard, but we feel that the team is in need of a fresh start at this time.”

Muller, 48, had a record of of 80-80-27 during three seasons with Carolina after being named head coach on Nov. 28, 2011. It was his first head coaching position in the NHL.

Francis, who replaced Jim Rutherford last week, is attempting to get the Hurricanes back into the playoffs. Carolina has not reached the postseason since 2009.

Muller joins an impressive cache of out-of-work coaches looking to fill a number of NHL vacancies behind the bench, a list that also includes Barry Trotz, Peter Laviolette, Kevin Dineen and Adam Oates. The Capitals, Predators and Panthers all have openings with more expected to come.

 


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