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The Carolina Hurricanes have just announced that they have fired head coach Peter Laviolette, who led the team to the 2006 Stanley Cup championship. They have replaced him with former Hurricanes and Maple Leafs head coach Paul Maurice.

Sources say Maurice will remain on as head coach at least until the end of the season, at which point the position will be re-evaluated leaving the Hurricanes the freedom to head in a different direction, or sign Maurice to a long term contract.

The Hurricanes missed the playoffs the last two seasons and are 12-11-2 this season after Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

The team has called a press conference to announce the news...

The next NHL head coach that might be shown the door is Senators' head coach Craig Hartsburg, and that might be very soon as the Senators are struggling to avoid the league's basement. Tonight the Sens face the Atlanta Thrashers, the only team keeping them from being dead last in the Eastern Conference. A loss against the Thrashers, who lost 5-4 to the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday, could be the last nail in Hartsburg's coffin.

As I previously stated in a previous blog, Hartsburg is on a short leash since the beginning of November. Ottawa went 4-5-3 in 12 games, scoring only 23 goals (1.92 goals/game). A loss against the cellar-dwelling Thrashers might force GM Bryan Murray to make a coaching change to sparkplug his hapless team. From: www.nhl-northeast.com
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December 3, 2008 3:13 PM ET | Delete
...and I thought this guy was nominated for coach of the year two years ago.
December 3, 2008 11:39 PM ET | Delete
Yeah I admit, Hartsburg had a rough start with Ottawa. It took him a while to realize that the CASH line needs to play together. But he's done it. And by the looks of it, things are turning around. The Sens, who have recently reunited the Alfredsson, Spezza, and Heatley, and who are sporting their new BLACK jerseys, have gone 3-1 in their last 4 games, counting tonight's 5-1 victory over the Thrashers. Obviously it's gonna take some time to climb back into the race for a playoff spot, but Hartsburg's obviously finally doing something right.
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