By Alexander Monaghan
(May 23, 2009 - Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images North America)
This morning the Carolina Hurricanes announced the firing of head coach Paul Maurice for the second time. Through 25 games, the long-time Cane was en route to his third straight season without a playoff berth. Something needed to give and GM Jim Rutherford was not willing to blow up an entire team in order to spare his friend.
On paper, the Canes are an awful team. Their 60 goals forced rank dead-middle at 15th in the League while their 81 goals allowed are worst in the League. The goals allowed can’t even be blamed on luck as their even-strength save percentage is right in the middle as well. Their time of possession ranked a below-average 21st mainly due to a poor, but somehow improved 49.5 faceoff percentage. On paper, this team needed to be fixed.
Nevertheless, Rutherford chose not to make a single personnel move with regards to his players. Instead, he told Maurice to make good wit...