March 21, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller look on against the New Jersey Devils at the PNC center. The Devils defeated the Hurricanes 4-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Training Camp Crucial For Kirk Muller

In his almost two years with the Carolina Hurricanes, head coach Kirk Muller has never been in the playoffs, but he’s never had a full training camp to work with either.

This fall it’s a different story. With no lockout to prevent nearly a month of training camp, Muller will have the chance to instill his formulas and systems before the season even starts.

But Muller will have to use training camp to start winning early in the season or his job could be in trouble.

In the 2011-12 season, the Canes finished with a winning record of 25-20-12, but missed the playoffs. No one expected Muller to take the team to the postseason after given the reins in the beginning of November after the team fired Paul Marice.

Last season, the Hurricanes got off to a hot start, but began to falter once Cam Ward was injured and the offense dried up. The Canes lost seven games in one stretch, but at the end of the season, Muller was still the head coach.

Joni Pitkanen was a big loss for Kirk Muller’s team this season and last. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

I had no problem keeping Muller around, since the team was dealt with an incredible amount of injuries and the Ontario native had never run a full training camp.

However, my feelings and most likely the Canes fans thoughts will change if by December or January, the Hurricanes are near the bottom of the standings.

I understand that Muller is already dealing with injuries and his offense is not as deep as other teams in the Metropolitan Division, but we need to start seeing some progress from the coach in his third year or there’s no reason to keep Muller in his current position.

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