Well I can’t say I’m surprised. Most of us figured Kirk Muller was going to be a head coach in the NHL but the surprising thing is how quickly it happened. The Carolina Hurricanes announced Monday that Captain Kirk was taking over as coach of the lame-o-rama Canes, replacing Paul Maurice, who was given the heave-ho after a pathetic 8-13-4 start for his team.
You’ll recall that Kirk-is-Work Muller had left the Canadiens organization earlier this year to coach the Nashville Predators’ AHL affiliate in Milwaukee. He spent five years as an assistant coach with Montreal and is also a former Canadiens captain.
There later was talk that there was some conflict between Muller and fellow Habs assistant coach Perry Pearn, and that conflict helped push Muller out of Montreal. The irony is that Pearn is also gone – the victim of a panicky purge by GM Pierre Gauthier early in the season when the Habs were most definitely the Hab-nots.
Two things. First off, congrats to Muller. Second, am I the only guy who thinks we have just lost a second good coach here, on the heels of Guy Boucher moving to Tampa Bay from the Hamilton Bulldogs a couple of years back? But we’ve got Jacques ‘Mr. Personality’ Martin, so why am I complaining? Protect that lead boys!