Amid the pile of coaching changes announced Monday around the world of sports, it appears that Admirals coach Kirk Muller has been promoted to the head coaching job for the Carolina Hurricanes.
ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun reported through a confirmed source that Muller will replace Hurricanes bench boss Paul Maurice, who was in his second stint in Raleigh. Tsn.ca, which also employs LeBrun, also has the report on their website, but is vague at this point on specifics.
NHL.com originally reported that Muller was only rumored for the position, but has since confirmed that Muller will be Carolina’s new coach.
Muller leaves the Admirals after compiling a 10-6-0-1 record in just 17 games coached. Milwaukee is coming off of Muller’s worst weekend of guiding the Admirals as Milwaukee was swept in a pair of games at first place Charlotte (Carolina’s top affiliate), dropping a 3-2 decision Saturday night to the Checkers followed up with 5-1 drubbing on Sunday.
Certainly, there is some irony that these games will stand as Muller’s final contests with the Admirals prior to taking over as coach of the Hurricanes. Carolina was 8-13-4 and in last place in NHL’s Southeast Division prior to their midseason coaching change.
Ian Herbers will likely take over as Milwaukee’s head coach after two-plus seasons as the Admirals’ assistant coach. Milwaukee went 41-30-2-7 and 44-22-6-8 in Herbers’ two full seasons as Lane Lambert’s right-hand man, helping the Admirals reach the second round of the AHL playoffs in 2010-2011.
In other somewhat unrelated news, in the midst of a 5-9-1 slump the Washington Capitals have fired coach Bruce Boudreau and replaced him with former captain Dale Hunter. Hunter is the father of former Admiral Dylan Hunter, who retired from playing in the off season to pursue his own coaching career.