Did the Hurricanes Make the Right Decision with Brind'Amour?
By Patrick Hoffman
**Originally drafted on May 8**
If you're a Carolina Hurricanes fan, thank you already know that the team has made a ton of changes this off-season.
Gone are the likes of team General Manager Ron Francis, head coach Bill Peters, and in are new team president and general manager Don Waddell, new team owner Tom Dundon, and now, new head coach Rod Brind'Amour.
That's a lot of change for any franchise, but given this is the Hurricanes and the fact that they have not made the playoffs since 2009, it bears watching.
While the changing of positions in the organization for Waddell is fine, for the most part, it is the hiring of Brind'Amour as the club's new bench boss that raises a lot of questions. Let's first take a look at the negatives of this hiring.
For starters, he has absolutely no experience as a head coach. I'm talking about nothing in college, junior, high school, minor leagues, etc.
Sure, he was an assistant and development coach for the last seven years, but obviously, that does not hold a candle to being a head coach. He will now be in charge of trying to get a young team into the playoffs for the first time in about a decade.
That brings up another reason why hiring Brind'Amour is questionable. As an assistant coach, you can be buddy-buddy with the players and be someone who can listen to the players regarding problems they are having on and off the ice, being concerned about being in the line-up, and issues they have with the head coach.
Brind'Amour can no longer assume that role. He needs to be someone who is confident and stands by his decisions, can put the right lineup out on the ice that gives his team the best chance to win night in and night out, as well as be someone that can be stern enough to light a fire under his team's butts to get them going.
Lastly, the fact that he is now the head coach probably makes him wonder if Dundon is going to be the kind of owner that interferes too much. Dundon has already made some bizarre moves with this organization and if I'm Brind'Amour, I would probably be constantly looking over my shoulder.
With the negatives out of the way, let's take a look at some of the positives. Brind'Amour is someone that obviously has a ton of experience as a player.
He won a Cup with the Hurricanes back in 2006, was a team captain, has played a ton of games in the playoffs, and was someone that could be counted on to play in every situation. He will probably instill these kinds of things in his players.
He is also someone that has been involved with the Hurricanes for many years whether as a player or a coach. He's been involved as a coach since 2011 and was a player for the franchise for 10 seasons.
This is someone who bleeds everything Hurricanes. He wants this franchise to succeed and as someone who will now be coaching the club, he will give everything he's got to make this team relevant again and one that will hopefully compete for a Cup.
Lastly, Brind'Amour will more than likely bring new ideas to the club. When a new head coach comes aboard, he introduces new systems, a new way of thinking game, and more importantly, a fresh voice.
It will be interesting to see how things go under Brind'Amour, but for right now at least, it is a move that is worth questioning.
Previously, Patrick has covered the NHL for Sportsnet.ca, Kukla’s Korner, Spector’s Hockey, About.com, NHL Network Radio blog, TheHockeyNews.com, The Fourth Period, Stan Fischler’s “The Fischler Report”, as well as a slew of others.