The Carolina Hurricanes have added former NHL head coach John MacLean to Kirk Muller's coaching staff, general manager Jim Rutherford announced today.
MacLean, 47, spent nine seasons as a coach in the New Jersey Devils organization, including seven years as an assistant coach. He was head coach of the Lowell Devils of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2009-10, leading the Devils’ affiliate to its best-ever record and first-ever playoff berth. He was named head coach of the New Jersey Devils prior to the 2010-11 season, but was replaced 33 games into his first season as an NHL head coach.
"He fits the mold of the coaches we already have," Rutherford said. "In his playing career, he offered a lot of leadership and character. He has great coaching experience. He was a real good assistant coach for the Devils and then a head coach, and he knows Kirk."
MacLean joins assistant coaches Dave Lewis, Tom Barrasso and Rod Brind'Amour. In Muller's first game Tuesday against the Florida Panthe...