Rod Brind’Amour is is known best for his in ice heroics and leadership with the Carolina Hurricanes, but the future Hall Of Famer is entering a new chapter of his hockey career.
Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, completely overhauled the Carolina Hurricanes coaching staff when he fired head coach Kirk Muller and assistants John MacLean and David Lewis. Rod Brind’Amour kept his job with the Carolina Hurricanes as an assistant coach for now.
Many felt like Rod only kept his job because of his history with the organization, but I think that is a bit overblown. Rod Brind’Amour played a very small role in the the Carolina Hurricanes coaching staff this past season. It is now likely that Rod Brind’Amour will get a bigger role in the process starting the next season.
Of course, the new head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, whoever it may be, would want to have Rod Brind’Amour on his coaching staff in order for Rod Brind’Amour to be an assistant coach. That being said, I’d like to see Rod Brind’Amour behind the Carolina Hurricanes bench all season, something Rod has never done in his coaching career.
Rod Brind’Amour may be a candidate, or even a favorite according to some, to take over the Carolina Hurricanes’ head coaching role. I think it is pretty unlikely. He is pretty inexperienced with being a coach in the NHL, and I think he would benefit from being an assistant coach or being an AHL head coach prior to being an NHL head coach.
Ron Francis said that he would talk to Charlotte Checkers’ head coach Jeff Daniels soon about his future with the organization. Some have speculated that he’ll promote him to head coach in the NHL, but I think it is way more likely that he’d be fired than get promoted.
If Daniels gets fired, I could see Brind’Amour being a strong candidate for taking over the team in the AHL.
The next few weeks will be very interesting for the Carolina Hurricanes and Rod Brind’Amour. Hopefully we will get more answers from the team as we head into the summer.