‘I was prepared for it,’ says former Hurricanes coach Muller


There had been uncertainty around the future of Kirk Muller with the Carolina Hurricanes for some time.

So Monday’s announcement that he had lost his job as the team’s head coach didn’t quite come as a surprise.

“It wasn’t like we lost the night before and came in the next day and boom, you’re gone,” Muller told the Raleigh News and Observer newspaper. “There was a three-week period of weighing what way it’s going to go. I was prepared for it.”

The Hurricanes finished well out of the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference, placing 13th. The franchise’s last playoff berth came in 2009.

With the firing of Muller and most of his staff – John MacLean and Dave Lewis – the Hurricanes are now in the midst of a “fresh start,” which is a phrase new general manager Ron Francis used often when addressing the franchise’s move on Monday.


Weaver announces retirement after 633 NHL games

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Mike Weaver has retired. The 37-year-old defenseman made the announcement today via the NHLPA.

“What an enjoyable experience to do something you love for 11 years in the NHL and 15 years in professional hockey,” said Weaver in a release. “I could never have imagined this. Hockey is more than just a game to me. Thanks to the Atlanta Thrashers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues, Florida Panthers and the Montreal Canadiens.

“I would also like to thank the fans who brought the energy and excitement every night to the arenas. When the game starts, your teammates are who you trust, rely on and respect the most. Thank you to all my teammates for all the memories that will last a lifetime.”

Undrafted out of Michigan State, Weaver ended up playing 633 games in the NHL, plus 28 more in the playoffs.

Larkin will start season with Red Wings

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Dylan Larkin — despite being just 19 years old — will begin the season on the Detroit Red Wings, a team not normally accustomed to having teenagers in the lineup.

Coach Jeff Blashill confirmed the news this morning. Larkin could apparently start on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader.

Larkin, the 15th overall pick in the 2014 draft, had three goals and one assist in five preseason games. A natural center, he’s shown the potential to one day step into the kind of “big-time” role that Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk have played for so long in Detroit.

“You have to give our scouts credit,” former coach Mike Babcock told ESPN in May. “We got a great pick where we picked. How high end is he? How soon?”

Related: Coaching change ‘one of the reasons’ Larkin signed with Wings