Breaking: Hurricanes make a surprise head coaching hire

One thing’s for sure, Tom Dundon and the Hurricanes are definitely doing things differently…

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According to a report from Sportsnet analyst and NHL insider Elliotte Friedman, the Carolina Hurricanes are expected to name franchise legend Rod Brind’Amour as the team’s next head coach.

Announcement may not be until later in the week, but Rod Brind’Amour will be the head coach in CAR

Interesting hire. While Brind’Amour is obviously a familiar face to the team’s fanbase, it’s not as if he doesn’t have the pedigree to step into the head coaching position. The former Hurricanes captain has seven years of coaching experience as an assistant behind former Hurricanes coaches Bill Peters and Kirk Muller. Prior to that he served as the team’s player development coach from 2010-2012. Put another way, this isn’t simply a “puppet hiring” by Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon. Brind’Amour may not have as much experience as some of the other coaching candidates on the open market, but he is a well respected NHL coach who deserves a shot.

Brind’Amour, of course, takes over the position after the Hurricanes and former head coach Peters mutually parted ways last month. Peters has since been hired as the head coach of the Calgary Flames.

Now… here’s the thing about the Brind’Amour hiring. Yes, he’s a well respected NHL coach. Yes, he’s qualified for the position. But still… this HAS to be seen as a PR move by Dundon and the organization. There’s no denying Brind’Amour’s popularity in the Raleigh, North Carolina market and, quite frankly, that’s a market that could use some positive news right now. Between missing the playoffs, Peters resigning and the entire Ron Francis firing scandal, Hurricanes fans are desperate for something to cheer about. With the Brind’Amour hiring, Hurricanes fans finally have something to cheer for once again.

The 47 year old captained the Hurricanes to their only Stanley Cup championship back in 2006 and has been a loyal member of the Hurricanes organization going back nearly 20 years. He’s a company man with a tireless work ethic and some strong opinions on how the game of hockey should be played. At the very least, he’ll have the Hurricanes playing a much more physical game in 2018-19. Good hire?