The Carolina Hurricanes are looking like the favorites to win the Central Division this season. That’s due in large part to the work Rod Brind’Amour has done behind the bench. Of course, his contract concludes this season but it sure sounds like he’s coming back.
Hurricanes GM bringing back Brind’Amour
Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon was recently on with Bob McCown and made it pretty clear what he intends to do with his head coach this offseason.
“I’ve never been concerned,” Dundon said Tuesday on The Bob McCown Podcast. “I’ve never really had a problem keeping good people, if I want to keep them, we keep them, we’ll find a way and he’s the best. I have no interest in owning the team without him coaching it, so he’s going to coach it.”via theScore
In just under three seasons as an NHL coach, Brind’Amour has amassed a record of 116-64-19. Let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want him? This should get done soon, unless Rod wants to hear what his old buddy Ron Francis has to say out in Seattle.
Patrick Roy has hired an agent and wants back in the show
Former legendary goalie, Patrick Roy wants back in the NHL as either a coach or executive. He’s so serious about it, that he’s hired an agent.
Luke Fox of Sportsnet recently spoke with Roy’s agent to gather more details. “[Roy] could be a president of hockey ops. He could be a GM. He could be a co-GM. He could be a head coach,” Neil Glasberg said. “It’s going to be situational. That’s the truthful answer.”
Roy has a volatile personality behind the bench, which could be an issue. Don’t get me wrong, he can coach as he proved it by winning the Jack Adams award for coach of the year with the Avalanche in 2014. He eventually stepped down because he felt he didn’t have enough input.
With several teams looking for coaches, the time seems right to get his name back out there. Now will someone take him on? That’s the question.
Two big notes to come out of Elliotte Friedman’s latest 31 Thoughts Blog:
- The NJ Devils are working on an extension with GM Tom Fitzgerald.
- The Vancouver Canucks and Travis Green should get down to serious discussion to see if they can agree on an extension, otherwise Green is free to coach elsewhere.