Originally written on Fox Sports Carolinas  |  Last updated 11/28/11

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Carolina Hurricanes President and General Manager Jim Rutherford speaks on the phone during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
When Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford decided that Paul Maurice was no longer going to be the coach of his franchise and he surveyed the landscape for successors, he must have asked himself some fundamental questions. Among the likely candidates, along with the eventual pick in Kirk Muller, had to have been Jeff Daniels, the head coach of Carolinas top minor-league affiliate in Charlotte. Daniels, 43, is in his 15th year with the Hurricanes as a player, assistant coach at the NHL level and, for the last three, as general manager and head coach of the Charlotte Checkers. He entered this season with a respectable mark of 120-96-24. As Rutherford contemplated his decision over the weekend, the choices stood right in front of him just 150 miles from Raleigh. Muller, the head coach of the AHLs Milwaukee Admirals until Monday and for five seasons before that a respected assistant with Montreal, played twice in Charlotte. (Incidentally, his team lost both games on Satur...
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