Raleigh, NC --- Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford had something specific in mind when he began thinking about a coaching change a month ago.
First of all, he wanted a "good fit" for the franchise. Second, he wanted to go outside of the organization and bring in someone that would offer a different perspective and bring a different flavor to the Hurricanes.
He certainly had some quality options within the franchise, notably in assistant coach Ron Francis and Jeff Daniels, the team's Charlotte affiliate head coach. But Rutherford rolled the dice a bit, and opted for Kirk Muller, who has all of 16 games of professional head coaching experience.
"I did talk to Jeff Daniels, who is prepared to be head coach, one by moving him here obviously disrupts the development part of what we're trying to do in Charlotte," Rutherford said Monday evening at the RBC Center.
"At the end of the process, I really wanted to bring somebody in that had some ideas from another organi...