Originally posted on Lord Stanley's Blog  |  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)
Kirk Muller played more than a thousand games in the NHL, won a Stanley Cup and was an assistant coach in the league for five years. But Tuesday night, he will experience something new: for the first time, he will go behind the bench as an NHL head coach. Muller, 45, was introduced Monday as the new head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes by general manager Jim Rutherford. Muller replaces Paul Maurice, who was fired after almost three years as head coach. "It's an exciting moment for myself and my family," Muller said Monday in a press conference at the RBC Center. "I want to think Jimmy (Rutherford) for having the confidence in hiring me. It's a special day for me." As for his first game, Tuesday against the Florida Panthers at the RBC Center, Muller said, "I'm excited. It's good. You need to have those butterflies. It's a game but it's fun. It's all about the competition." Muller was head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL -- his first head-coaching position in professional ...
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