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Kirk Muller | Center

Team: Carolina Hurricanes
Age / DOB:  (48) / 2/8/1966
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 205
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Kirk Muller's days as coach of the Carolina Hurricanes may be numbered.
Muller says he's waiting for word from Hurricanes management. Muller is 80-80-27 in three years with the Hurricanes. They've missed the playoffs in seven of the eight years since they won the Cup in 2006. Apr 19 - 10:45 AM
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Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller thinks that the team is heading in the right direction.

The Hurricanes have missed the playoffs for the fifth straight season and from a points perspective, they're no better now than when they got eliminated back in 2010. "I know that's not easy to explain short of getting into all the details, but I think we've looked at some different areas we've improved on and I think we're in the right direction," Muller insisted. Either way, he might end up getting replaced over the summer.
Apr 10 - 9:06 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes have been eliminated from the playoffs.

This is the fourth time in a row that they won't be going to the postseason. There was a recent New York Post report suggesting that head coach Kirk Muller will be fired at the end of the season and that wouldn't be surprising given that he hasn't managed to lead them to the playoffs in the two-plus years he's been overseeing the team.
Apr 9 - 9:47 AM

A report in the New York Post says that sources state that Kirk Muller will be dismissed as coach of the Carolina Hurricanes at the end of the season.

Well, that's no big surprise as the Hurricanes have not made the post-season in any of the three seasons that Muller has been at the helm behind the bench. It may be more newsworthy if the Hurricanes decide to keep him as coach.
Apr 6 - 8:21 AM

Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford will reportedly give up his post following the 2013-14 campaign.

Rutherford, who is 65, might end up keeping his job as team president even if he resigns as general manager. Either way, Ron Francis is regarded as the likely candidate to take over as the team's GM. Rutherford guided Carolina to the Stanley Cup in 2006, Carolina has advanced to the playoffs just once since then.
Mar 25 - 9:29 AM

Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller vented to his players as the team slips out of the playoff race.

Muller feels that too many players are more concerned about how they looked on the scoresheet than they were about playing a team game. "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." Regardless of whether or not they quit, the reality is that they will almost certainly fall short of the playoffs. They are nine points back with 14 games remaining in their schedule.
Mar 18 - 10:03 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes are slipping out of the playoff race with the trade deadline looming.

They'll be an interesting team to watch over the next couple days because with just 21 games left on their schedule, the Hurricanes are seven points back in the Wild Card race. They certainly still have an outside chance of earning a postseason spot if they get hot, but at this point, it might be better for them to act as sellers as we approach the trade deadline. They will play against the San Jose Sharks Tuesday night while Detroit, which holds the second Wild Card spot, will face New Jersey. So a worst case scenario moves them to nine points back with 20 contests left going into deadline day and if that happens they certainly should act as if they're sellers.
Mar 4 - 9:31 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes will have to play 16 of their final 25 contests on the road.

Carolina is three points shy of a playoffs spot, but they need to get through several teams to claim a Wild Card seed. They have been a decent 11-10-4 on the road, but they will likely need to improve on that in order to make the postseason.
Feb 21 - 7:41 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes have taken a step forward through 48 games compared to the shortened season.

They have a 20-19-9 record compared to their 19-25-4 finish in 2013. Carolina is also doing better defensively, on the draw, and are playing a more disciplined game. At the same time, the Hurricanes were a team that significantly underperformed last season, albeit due in part to injuries, and while they might be better in 2013-14, they still are currently shy of a playoff spot.
Jan 21 - 9:17 AM

It could take a day or two before a makeup date for the postponed Buffalo-Carolina game is finalized.

A blizzard caused the NHL to postpone Tuesday's contest. "The game definitely will be rescheduled," Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said. "It is difficult to do, especially in an Olympic year." In the meantime, the Hurricanes will head back home for Thursday's contest against Toronto. Buffalo will also play on Thursday as the hosts to the Florida Panthers.
Jan 8 - 9:39 AM

Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller doesn't feel the need to make significant changes to the team's lines after the Hurricanes dropped seven of their last eight contests.

Carolina is still just three points shy of third place in the Metropolitan Division and the playoff spot that comes with it. The division has been pretty weak this season, but that might change as the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers in particular have the potential to bounce back in the second half of the 2013-14 campaign.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 09:22:00 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes are just 3 for 41 with the man advantage in their last 13 contests.

This is turning into a recurring theme for the Hurricanes as they have a lowly 12.0% power-play success rate this season. They also have one of the worst offenses overall in part because top forwards Jordan and Eric Staal as well as Alexander Semin have failed to live up to expectations. Semin is sidelined right now, but he was struggling before that happened. The Hurricanes will try to turn things around on Tuesday against Washington.
Tue, Dec 3, 2013 09:36:00 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes power play has been struggling all season and are just 3-29 in their last eight games.

The Hurricanes are 9-68 this season with 96 shots on goal on the power play. "We're building this team over 82 games (and) you've got to find ways to get better in your game everywhere," coach Kirk Muller said. "Everyone has their little situations or dilemmas that they're not happy about. Some teams right now are solely winning on special teams and goaltending, and five-on-five play is not that great. I think our 5-on-5 play right now is doing really well and we need to work on our power play. I don't want this to be this monster where we're all talking about the power play not doing well ... where it disrupts the confidence of our 5-on-5 play. We'll work on it and we've got to keep guys confident".
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 06:25:00 AM

Before Saturday's 5-1 loss to the New York Rangers, Carolina Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller emphasized that the team needs production from more than just top players.

"We want to roll the lines at the beginning, make everybody feel a part of it," Muller said. "To stop the bleeding we need everyone to contribute." Despite that plea, there were plenty of Hurricanes players who faced minimal ice time on Saturday. He might simply be thinking wishfully at this point.
Sun, Nov 3, 2013 09:09:00 AM

Despite the shootout loss, Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller was very happy with his team's effort against the Kings.

"That's a big, physical team to match up with in back-to-back games," Muller said. "I thought it was a real gutsy effort for our guys coming off that hard-fought game in Washington. (The Kings) demand you to play a hard-fought game and I think that's a game that shows our team is growing together." "This time of year, picking up points is the key. But it's the way we did it tonight. I'm really pleased with the effort."
Sat, Oct 12, 2013 10:10:00 AM

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PosRoleName
C1Eric Staal
2Jordan Staal
3Andrei Loktionov
4Manny Malhotra
5Riley Nash
LW1Jeff Skinner
2Nathan Gerbe
3Jiri Tlusty
4Drayson Bowman
5Phil Di Giuseppe
RW1Alexander Semin
2Elias Lindholm
3Pat Dwyer
4Radek Dvorak
D1Justin Faulk
2Andrej Sekera
3Ron Hainsey
4John-Michael Liles
5Jay Harrison
6Mike Komisarek
7Brett Bellemore
8Michal Jordan
9Joni Pitkanen
G1Cam Ward
2Anton Khudobin
3Justin Peters