Apr 10, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller looks on during the game against the Washington Capitals at PNC Arena. The Washington Capitals defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes Report May 8, 2014

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My Opinion

I think Kirk Muller can be a good coach in the NHL. Over his two and a half year stint as head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, Kirk Muller really adjusted to the community and to the team in a pretty tough situation.

When Kirk Muller replaced Paul Maurice in November of 2011, he took over a train wreck team. He salvaged the season that year to an extent, but the next season was very weird.

The 2012-2013 season was plagued by Collective Bargaining Agreement discussions and endless drama surrounding the whole situation. After having a good start to the lockout shortened season, the Carolina Hurricanes quickly fell off and finished in the bottom-five of the National Hockey League.

Kirk Muller’s first full 82-game season was the 2013-2014 season. It was the first time that he started the season on time and had an entire training camp. The season was still a bit abnormal due to the Olympic break in February.

Kirk Muller’s two and a half seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes were pretty unpredictable, but that doesn’t get him off the hook. Ron Francis had to make the tough decision by firing Muller.



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