‘Canes part ways with longtime AHL coach Daniels

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The Carolina Hurricanes made a fairly significant organizational shakeup on Thursday, dismissing AHL Charlotte head coach Jeff Daniels after seven seasons on the job.

“We appreciate the years of service and hard work that Jeff provided for our organization,” GM Ron Francis said in a statement. “His contract expires at the end of June, and we will now begin the process of finding a new head coach for the Checkers.”

Daniels, 46, has been with the Carolina organization for 15 years. He spent his final four playing seasons with the ‘Canes — helping them advance to the Stanley Cup Final in 2002 — then quickly transitioned into coaching, and was Peter Laviolette’s assistant on the Cup-winning team of ’06.

Daniels sort of embodied the “keep it in the family” approach favored by former GM Jim Rutherford during his time in charge. Rutherford was known for bringing ex-players back for repeat tours of duty (think Cory Stillman, Joe Corvo, Tim Gleason, Erik Cole) and transitioning former ‘Canes into coaching and front office roles (think Francis, Rod Brind’Amour and Glen Wesley.)