Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said today that neither a coaching change nor player trades have been planned -- for now.
The Canes have lost six of the past seven games after a 4-0 loss Wednesday to the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Carolina is 6-10-3, dropping to 14th place in the Eastern Conference and leading to questions about whether coach Paul Maurice could survive the slow start,
"That was a very bad game," Rutherford said. "I am looking at everything (but) no decisions have been made. I have a lot of ideas in my head but I have not come to any conclusions yet."
Rutherford said he believed there would be "a couple" of player changes today but said that would involve assigning players to the Charlotte Checkers (AHL) and recalling others as replacements. Rutherford did not say who would be sent down or recalled, but said defenseman Justin Faulk was one of those being discussed.
"He's played very well in Charlotte," Rutherford said of the rookie, who made the Canes' roster out of training camp.
Of potential trades, Rutherford said, "There's not anyone out there right now who's available. There might be some who become available. We'll see what we can do."
The Canes face the Buffalo Sabres tomorrow night at the RBC Center, then have the Toronto Maple Leafs in the RBC Center on Sunday. They have five home games remaining in the month of November.
"Once we get through the weekend we'll have a better idea of the overall picture and where we're going," Rutherford said.