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Introducing new Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller

Kirk Muller

FILE - In this May 8, 2010 file photo, Montreal Canadiens assistant coach Kirk Muller stands behind the bench late in the third period of a 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in an Eastern Conference semifinal NHL playoff hockey game in Pittsburgh. The last-place Carolina Hurricanes have brought in former All-Star Muller to replace Paul Maurice as coach. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)


There were a lot of surprises during the summer of 2011, but one of the most stunning developments came in what didn’t happen. Despite buckets of hype, Kirk Muller failed to land an NHL head coaching gig.

Instead, he settled for an assignment in the AHL with the Milwaukee Admirals. That ended up being the hockey equivalent of a dress rehearsal, though, as he only needed to wait 17 AHL games before the Carolina Hurricanes scooped him up. Read more about the hiring here, here and here or just watch the press conference to get a better feel for the former NHLer and new Canes coach.