...Kirk Muller?

There are fairly strong rumblings that Kirk Muller will be dismissed as coach of the Carolina Hurricanes at the end of this year. This seems fitting at the 'Canes have been stuck in NHL purgatory for the past few seasons and it comes a week after the news of Jim Rutherford stepping down as the Hurricanes general manager. With there being a decent chance of Barry Trotz being removed as Predators Head Coach at the end of the season, would it be wise to pursue Muller? A list of Pros and Cons to help OTFers make the decision before Preds brass will hopefully be forced to do so during the Summer.

Season Age Lg Tm GP W L T OL PTS PTS% Finish G W L T W-L% Notes
2011-12 45 NHL CAR 57 25 20 12 62 .544 5th
2012-13 46 NHL CAR 48 19 25 4 42 .438 3rd
2013-14 47 NHL CAR 78 34 33 11 79 .506 7th
Career NHL 183 78 78 27 183 .500

Pro: Muller was brought in to coach the Milwaukee Admirals several seasons ago and during his brief tenure at the helm of the Jr. Preds he seemed to meld well with the organization.

Con: Adversely, he did so under the old regime of "Predators Hockey" that will likely be rejuvenated after this season (With or without David Poile) and is a coach and personality who seems more suited to defense first, conservative hockey.

Pro: Muller boasts an impressive non coaching resume. 18 NHL seasons, 1350 games, nearly 100 points while making 6 All Star teams, captaining two separate franchises and winning a Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 1993. He was known throughout the league as a leader, a true professional and a dedicated human being.

Con: His coaching career has been unremarkable so far, though it is obviously early.

Pro: It could be easily argued that he has had little to work with in 3 years, as Carolina have a handful of elite players centred around a young and mediocre squad.

Con: Several NHL coaches have done more with arguably less. Think of Jack Capuano taking the Penguins to six games in the playoffs with an extremely young Islanders squad.

In my opinion, Muller would be a fine choice as the next head coach of this franchise if he is indeed dismissed. I would be excited to see what he could do with a young team brimming with potential and how he would adapt our style of play to the modern NHL. The source of the rumour:

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