Raleigh, NC, United States (NewsBahn) – The Carolina Hurricanes announced the firing of head coach Kirk Muller and a majority of his staff Monday.
The team is coming off a fifth straight year of not making the postseason, including three under Muller, and recently hired a new GM in Ron Francis.
“I just felt at this point going forward we needed a fresh start,” Francis said in a press conference at PNC Arena.
New York Rangers assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson, 50, and an ex-teammate of the GM on Stanley Cup winners with the Pittsburgh Penguins; and ex-Florida Panthers coach and former Hurricanes player and team captain Kevin Dineen could both be under consideration for the post.
Assistant coaches John MacLean and Dave Lewis were also dismissed while goaltending coach Greg Stefan was reassigned to the pro scouting staff.
“It’s an open search,” Francis said of finding a new head coach. “I don’t have anyone in mind. I have a few names I put on a list and we’ll go forward looking to see who is the best fit for our team.
“The biggest thing I’m looking for is a guy who’s a teacher. In today’s game you have to be able to communicate extremely well. You have to have strong leadership qualities. You have to able to manage people and the different personalities in that locker room.”