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RALEIGH — The Carolina Hurricanes have fired coach Peter Laviolette, who led the team to the 2006 Stanley Cup championship.
The team has called a press conference this morning to announce the coaching change. TSN is reporting the Hurricanes will turn to Paul Maurice, the former Hurricanes coach, with the report based on unnamed sources.
Laviolette was in his fifth season with the team and this season became the winningest U.S-born NHL coach. But the Hurricanes missed the playoffs the last two seasons and are 12-11-2 this season after Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.
With the Canes struggling to win at home, struggling to score goals and woeful on the power play, general manager Jim Rutherford apparently elected to make a change.
Rutherford has said he did not want a repeat of last season, when a slide in late-November and early December cost his team the points needs to reach the playoffs. Rutherford has questioned the effort of the team this season.
Before coming to the Hurricanes, Laviolette coached two seasons with the New York Islanders. In the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons, he led the team to the playoffs.
Laviolette also was the coach of Team USA in the 2006 Winter Olympics.