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Maurice Won't Overhaul System

Wednesday, 12.3.2008 / 12:32 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Maurice Won\'t Overhaul System

Very big news today, as Paul Maurice has been brought back in to replace Peter Laviolette as head coach, while Ron Francis will join the coaching staff as associate head coach.

The rest of the coaching staff, Kevin McCarthy and Tom Rowe, will remain in place.

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General Manager Jim Rutherford said Monday that, while disappointed in the team’s performance so far this season, he was going to be careful not to act out of emotion.  I think that’s why you saw the announcement made today rather than on Monday, which many had expected.

Citing reasons for the change, Rutherford mentioned the team’s confidence and chemistry.  Hopefully Maurice will provide a shake-up the team could use prior to a tough month of December, when only three of their 13 games will be against teams currently under .500.

Maurice said he wouldn’t overhaul the system currently used by the team, instead providing more subtle tweaks.

“We are not going to try and change the identity of the team in terms of how it plays, because it’s built a certain way,” said Maurice.  “It’s built with speed and it’s built to be aggressive.  We are going to try and make some adjustments that we hope none of you will notice except for in our end of the ice and some areas like that.”

“The speed and the things that you enjoy about watching the Carolina Hurricanes play and that I worried about when coaching against them when we played against each other, I’d like to see as much of that as possible going forward.”

Crazy day, obviously, and it’s already time to head down to Maurice’s first practice of the year.  Much more from that later, and we should also have video of the press conference available later to those who missed the live show.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
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10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
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14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 53 15 19 -13 34
V. Rask 51 12 19 1 31
K. Versteeg 52 10 21 1 31
J. Skinner 53 18 12 -3 30
J. Staal 53 12 18 7 30
E. Staal 53 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 53 8 16 -8 24
A. Nestrasil 46 7 12 -1 19
J. Nordstrom 42 5 9 2 14
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