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Grampa Jim & Captain Kirk lay it out
Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:05 PM
President and General Manager Jim Rutherford made it clear: there is work to do off the ice to recover from a 113-day work stoppage. Head Coach Kirk Muller made it clear: there is work to do on the ice to return to the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2009.
On both fronts, the Carolina Hurricanes are confident they can succeed.
“We’ve gone through a tough six months,” a somber Rutherford opened. “But it’s behind us now. We apologize to all the people that were affected by it: our fans, their frustration and emotions, which in some ways is a good thing because they obviously care about the sport; all the people that worked here, the part-time people that didn’t get the nights that they usually get, especially leading up to Christmas; the businesses that depend on us; and the players.
“This was just a real unfortunate time, but there’s no use in rehashing it now,” he continued. “We’re looking forward to moving into this season.”
And there is plenty to look forward to in what will be an abbreviated 48-game season, including that fact in itself.
“My first year as manager in Hartford was a shortened season,” said Rutherford, who is in his 19th year as the franchise’s GM. “It was one of the most exciting seasons I’ve been a part of in the NHL because the games really are a lot like playoff hockey games.”
The Canes coaching staff isn’t short on experience in shortened seasons, either. In the 48-game 1994-95 season, Muller played his final season with the Montreal Canadiens, and assistant coach John MacLean won the Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils, who ousted assistant coach Rod Brind’Amour’s Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference Final.
“The message is going to be: give it all on the ice during the games, and we’ll give you rest at the proper times,” Muller said. “You’re going to need depth.”
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