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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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81