There are high expectations for captain Eric Staal, and that won't change just because of a coaching change.
The Hurricanes are intent on seeing more production out of the big center. That's where the coaching change comes in because an established former All-Star player such as Kirk Muller might be the remedy that Staal needs.
How demanding Muller becomes in regard to Staal remains to be seen. But initially, the new coach is taking an understanding approach.
"Everybody is human," Muller said. "You're going to go through highs and lows."
Staal produced a game-high five shots on goal (with no points) in Sunday's 3-2 overtime loss at Florida.
The lows outweighed the highs for Staal this season in 25 games under former coach Paul Maurice. Staal managed only five goals during that span.
Muller sees the assets that Staal possesses.
"He's a workhorse," Muller said. "He has proved he can be one of the elite players in this game."
He'll have his next chance to show that Wednesday ni...