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Maurice Won't Overhaul System

Wednesday, 12.03.2008 / 12:32 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky

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
1 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
2 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
3 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
4 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
5 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
6 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
7 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
8 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 79 21 40 -13 61
J. Skinner 71 33 21 -14 54
A. Sekera 74 11 33 4 44
A. Semin 65 22 20 1 42
J. Staal 82 15 25 2 40
J. Faulk 76 5 27 -9 32
N. Gerbe 81 16 15 -6 31
J. Tlusty 68 16 14 2 30
R. Nash 73 10 14 0 24
P. Dwyer 75 8 14 -2 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 19 14 1 .926 2.30
C. Ward 10 12 6 .898 3.06
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