People like to spend their vacations in different ways. Some enjoy reading a good book in their home, others head to the beach or mountains. This Caniac has spent the first two days of her vacation in hockey heaven. I’ve laced my Bauer’s up twice, been to two Canes’ practices, and enjoyed a live interview with Coach Kirk Muller.
The Carolina practices under Captain Kirk are noticeably different from the days of Paul Maurice. Mr. Muller is very active during drills. He observes and gives feedback to individual players. Both exercises I attended were high energy and physical. Tuesday’s run through was lengthy at nearly 90 minutes. There were skating laps, drills, and even a shootout. Bryan Allen even put Tim Brent on the bench for a couple minutes with what appeared to be a man-type injury. Brent was back on the ice to my relief. Muller also had a notable conversation with young star, Drayson Bowman.
Which brings me to the Cane’s Corner interview, Coach Muller stated young guys who have “earned their stripes” deserve a chance to play on a line that provides opportunity. It was music to Caniac’s ears.
The new head coach also paid his compliments to the Hurricane fans. He mentioned we are known for our loud barn and dedication to our team. Muller said Caniacs have not disappointed.
99.9 FM The Fan host, Mike Maniscalco, also got Muller to talk about his time with Dave Lewis and he told a lively story from their playing days. Muller apparently got in a little car accident and Mr. Lewis hooked him up with a friend to fix his vehicle. Lewis had to remind Kirk several times to pay the tab before he played a prank on our head coach. Fake officers and paperwork were involved. No worries, Kirk got him back with a prank of his own.
Muller provided a lively interview and the message was clear. The Canes have a great, young team and he is here to help them reach their potential. He is here to calm the recent anxieties and channel their focus. He is just asking for a solid effort from each player. Play your best. That is something Caniacs can stand behind.