Video: Francis addresses Muller firing, says ‘fresh start’ a bunch of times

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Carolina Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis met with reporters today after firing head coach Kirk Muller and assistants John MacLean and Dave Lewis.

The highlights:

— Francis reiterated that it was important to get a “fresh start”; hence, the coaching change.

— Called it an open search for Muller’s replacement. “I don’t really have anybody in mind.”

— Ideally would like to have a new coach in place for the draft.

— Said firing the coach doesn’t let players off the hook, and players were told as much in their exit interviews.

— Wants a coach that communicates well and holds players accountable.

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