I've never liked Rutherford, ever since he signed Irbe to a big contract and then sent him down to ECHL trying to get Irbe to waive his no trade clause. The word gets thrown around a lot on these forums, but in my humble opinion he can definitely be called classless. He should have been fired not Laviolette, who as far as I understand has been doing a decent job with the troops he's been given.
Laviolette had nothing to work with. Heck I think he accomplished miracles with nothing. What are they thinking. Stupid move.
Disagree. He had plenty to work with, though definitely much more on the offensive side of things than on defense. Maurice has had nothing to work with.
Regardless, the Hurricanes have been playing for well over a year like the coach had completely lost them. Absolutely no work ethic or intensity. Their only sustained period of good play came last season when half the club was called up from the AHL.
He's a very good coach and I hope he gets picked up somewhere where the players will continue working hard for him. Whichever organization that is, they'll be rewarded.