Originally posted on Lord Stanley's Blog  |  Last updated 11/29/11
Kirk Muller (see photos) took to the ice today for the first time with his new team at the RBC Center, and in many ways it appeared to be just another morning skate for the Carolina Hurricanes. It was anything but, of course. It was a new day and all eyes were on Muller, who was hired Monday by the Hurricanes to replace fired coach Paul Maurice (see photos), and is charged with righting a season gone awry. "Time will tell but I'm sure we can salvage the season," owner Peter Karmanos said today. "It's November. We need to get back to playing basic hockey." That's all Muller wants tonight in his first game against the Florida Panthers -- good, solid, energetic hockey. And it starts with captain Eric Staal, who had a long chat at center ice with the new coach after the skate. Muller and Staal talked about the forecheck and special teams and some small tweaks, but that wasn't all. "I just said to him, 'I don't need you to be Superman,'" Muller said. "I told him, ''I just want you to go ...
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