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Maurice Won't Overhaul System

Wednesday, 12.03.2008 / 12:32 PM / 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.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 23 16 6 1 61 57 33
2 TBL 22 14 6 2 77 60 30
3 PIT 19 13 4 2 69 44 28
4 NYI 20 14 6 0 68 57 28
5 BOS 22 13 9 0 57 54 26
6 DET 20 10 5 5 55 49 25
7 TOR 21 11 8 2 67 63 24
8 OTT 19 9 6 4 52 50 22
9 NYR 20 9 7 4 57 58 22
10 WSH 20 9 8 3 56 54 21
11 NJD 21 9 9 3 53 61 21
12 FLA 18 7 5 6 40 47 20
13 PHI 19 8 9 2 57 60 18
14 CAR 20 6 11 3 48 62 15
15 CBJ 20 6 12 2 49 72 14
16 BUF 21 6 13 2 36 70 14

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Nash 20 4 11 1 15
E. Staal 15 6 7 -6 13
J. Faulk 20 2 10 -8 12
J. Skinner 16 5 6 -4 11
J. Tlusty 20 8 2 -11 10
E. Lindholm 20 6 4 -3 10
N. Gerbe 16 2 6 3 8
A. Sekera 19 0 8 -3 8
C. Terry 17 4 3 1 7
V. Rask 20 3 2 -7 5
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 6 7 1 .903 2.71
A. Khudobin 0 4 2 .898 2.97