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(MAY 13, 2014) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has named Kirk Muller an Assistant Coach.
“We are excited to add Kirk to our staff,” said Armstrong. “He was a Stanley Cup-winning player, and as a coach, has shown excellent communication skills, and the ability to relate to both young and veteran players.”
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
“It was a good, positive experience,” Muller said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “I want to thank Jim for giving me that chance. I gained some good experience being here and I learned a lot. I think I’m a better coach now than when I started.”
A week earlier, Muller had watched from the back of the room as Francis was introduced as the Hurricanes’ new general manager. Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos, who spoke glowingly of Muller’s performance in a televised interview late in the season, sat beside Francis.
But Francis’ desire to start fresh led him to call Muller on Sunday and ask him to come into the office Monday. Their meeting was, according to both, cordial and professional, but it ended with Muller out of a job and two of his assistants, Dave Lewis and John MacLean, as well.
“It wasn’t like we lost the night before and came in the next day and boom, you’re gone,” said Muller, 48. “There was a three-week period of weighing what way it’s going to go. I was prepared for it.”
RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has relieved Head Coach Kirk Muller and Assistant Coaches John MacLean and Dave Lewis of their duties. The Hurricanes also reassigned Goaltending Coach Greg Stefan to the pro scouting department. Assistant Coach Rod Brind’Amour will remain part of the coaching staff.
“We thank Kirk, John and Dave for their time and effort during the past three seasons,” said Francis. “Kirk and his staff worked very hard, but we feel that the team is in need of a fresh start at this time.”
Muller, 48, compiled a record of 80-80-27 during three seasons with Carolina after being named head coach on Nov. 28, 2011. It was his first head coaching position in the NHL.
The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch ponders the fates of Dany Heatley, Andy MacDonald, Andrei Markov, Dmirtri Kulikov and others in his weekly rumor column, but he's been talking about executives for some time and I haven't paid those quips much heed, so it's time to talk about the gents in suits. In addition to wondering about the shelf lives of Dallas Eakins and Mike Yeo, Garrioch says that the Carolina Hurricanes' only general manager may be moving on up...
While Carolina GM Jim Rutherford is expected to move upstairs into a full-time role as president at the end of the season, the word is owner Peter Karmanos has to sign off on the decision to elevate Ron Francis. You’d have to think it is a rubber stamp and if that’s the case then coach Kirk Muller will likely be thanked at the end of the season.
And I can't deny that I've had this thought as well:
After practice yesterday...
from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,
Muller talked of “wanting guys who want to make a difference.” He said “losing is for losers” and that too many of the players were cheating and “playing their own way.”
Too many, he said, were “playing for the scoresheet” and worried about getting theirs. Some were more worried about new contracts, he said, and others about somehow holding on and playing another year in NHL.
“You’re a good group of guys but the culture is going to change,” he said. “It takes work, it takes togetherness. We have a lot of fans who support you guys and care about you and we’re not quitting. We’re staying together. You better stay together.”
Muller told the players he liked the energy at practice. But he said the consistency has not been there in games, or enough mental toughness.
At one point, he asked the players if they were upset – albeit in more graphic terms.
from Peter Koutroumpis of the Raleigh Sports Examiner,
Regardless of what will transpire in the coming weeks and months, the enthusiasm for this coming season for Muller is high, and he is ready to prepare the team according to the situation presented to him and players.
“I’m excited because of the changes (in personnel),” Muller said.
“If we had a regular camp, we want to experiment to see some chemistry develop, work on some special teams and all that area. If we get into less exhibition games, we get into a shortened schedule, then we’re going to have to invite less bodies.”
Should a shortened season take place, Muller and his staff would lose the opportunity to take as much time to evaluate individual conditioning and tactical development and jump right into team strategy and play.
Such a situation may deny some players hoping to fight for a spot on the roster the opportunity to do so during training camp
“You cut down the numbers that are going to be at camp and then you get to more of the x’s and o’s of it rather than spending some time using the ‘skating legs’ and getting them into a groove – we’ve got to get right into the technical and systematic part of it; so you’ve gotta’ cut right down a little quicker.’
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The smile that creases Kirk Muller’s face is there perpetually, it seems, even in these hard, early days as the Carolina Hurricanes’ new head coach. The Hurricanes had lost four in a row under his guidance, after he replaced Paul Maurice behind the bench last week, until they slipped into Edmonton on Wednesday night and escaped with a 5-3 win, his first as an NHL head coach.
For Muller, whose Canes meet the Winnipeg Jets on Friday, retaining his good humour under trying circumstances is a personal strength and also something of a trademark. He is an eternal optimist – and even though there are no physical resemblances whatsoever, his bubbling cauldron of enthusiasm conjures up no less a figure than Bob Johnson, the Hall Of Fame coach, who memorably coined the phrase, “it’s a great day for hockey,” and made it true, even in the darkest of times.
Johnson once made a key distinction about coaching styles that is as true today as it was it in the 1980s – that you can coach by either emphasizing fear or stressing pride. Johnson cited Scotty Bowman, Mike Keenan and others of that ilk as disciples of the former approach – tough-love guys before the concept of tough love became an Oprah staple. Johnson put himself in the latter category, someone who emphasized pride, improvement, and helping the players get better every day.
The Carolina Hurricanes have fired head coach Paul Maurice and replaced him with former Montreal Canadiens assistant coach Kirk Muller.
Muller, who spent five seasons with the Canadiens as an assistant under Guy Carbonneau, Bob Gainey and Jacques Martin, joined the Nashville Predators this season as head coach of their AHL affiliate in Milwaukee.
The Hurricanes have struggled in the first quarter of the season, sitting last in the Southeast Division with an 8-13-4 record.
added 12:09pm, Official Carolina release below…
from Francois Gagnon of Cyberpresse.ca (translated),
All indications are that Kirk Muller is in his final year in Montreal. Assistant coach since 2006, it sells the last months of the contract between the Canadian. A contract that took away valuable offers that were about to make him last summer, some NHL teams in the wake of the Canadian success in the playoffs.
Mandates as head coach in the AHL and assistant in the big league waited Muller, who played a leading role last spring.
The direction of the Canadian who preferred to keep him in Montreal rather than to entrust the reins of Bullbogs Hamilton - Randy Cunneyworth succeeded Guy Boucher - Muller began to fall a second season under the direction of Jacques Martin. Again this year, he shared the job with Perry Pearn.
Information credible guarantee that Muller would have clearly indicated an intention to stand on its own feet as soon as next year.
Crossed after the rise of two goals that allowed the Canadian to extract a precious point for the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday at the Bell Centre, Muller took a step back when the press asked him to confirm or deny the information gleaned in recent weeks. After a few seconds of reflection, he politely refused to answer the question.
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
A good post-season always thrusts people into the spotlight, and Montreal’s early-round success is the biggest story so far. They’ve needed the maximum 14 games, but that shouldn’t take anything away from the Canadiens’ brilliant preparation for both the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins.
This isn’t to say Muller is solely responsible, but anyone who watched his 19-year career can see him in the plan. The Canadiens found ways to neutralize and frustrate the league’s three most dangerous offensive players - Alexander Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. It’s really an amazing accomplishment, and it’s the kind of thing Muller would do many times in his 1,349-game NHL lifetime.
Clearly, Canadiens head coach Jacques Martin respects his expertise, since Muller gets prime face time during in-game timeouts. However, his greatest asset may be in understanding every possible emotion a player can go through.