Dec 9, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Carolina Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller speaks to the players on the bench during the third period against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. The Vancouver Canucks won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

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Feb 7, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Andrej Sekera (4) celebrates with forward Jeff Skinner (53), and defensemen Justin Faulk (27) after scoring a goal in the third period against the Florida Panthers at PNC Arena. The Hurricanes won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

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My Opinion

Right now, the Carolina Hurricanes’ head coach search is “wide open” according to Canes’ GM Ron Francis, but there are a few candidates that are more likely than others.

Kevin Dineen is a guy who I can see coming in and being coach. Recently, he led Canada’s women to a gold medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics. He was the head coach of the Florida Panthers from 2011-2013, and he went 56-62-28 in regular season games and 3-4 in playoff games.

He led the Panthers to the playoffs in the 2011-2012 season and won the Southeast Division title. The team hasn’t reached the playoffs since then. Kevin Dineen played 10 seasons with the Hartford Whalers and 2 seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes in his playing career.

There are two in-house candidates for the head coaching job. Jeff Daniels has been head coach and General Manager of the Albany River Rats/Charlotte Checkers since 2008. Daniels has a 200-151-41 record as a head coach in the American Hockey League.

The other candidate within the organization is Rod Brind’Amour. Ron Francis was asked if Rod would be considered as a candidate, and he said he would if he had interest in getting the job. Brind’Amour was captain of the Carolina Hurricanes during the 2005-2006 season when the team won the Stanley Cup. In 694 regular season games with the Carolina Hurricanes, Brind’Amour tallied 473 points.



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