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5 Coaches Carolina Hurricanes Should Consider

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5 Coaches Carolina Hurricanes Should Consider

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Kirk Muller is gone.

That's the word on the street, and should the Carolina Hurricanes keep him on next season, the ensuing riots might burn Raleigh to the ground. Who do you replace him with, then? Here are five coaches Carolina should think about.

5. Bruce Boudreau - Anaheim Ducks

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5. Bruce Boudreau - Anaheim Ducks

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While the Ducks have had an epic season, Boudreau has a penchant for choking early in the playoffs -- something Anaheim won't tolerate much longer.

Should the Ducks fire him or not, the Hurricanes would be wise to start throwing money at him -- a lot of it.

4. Jeff Daniels - Charlotte Checkers (AHL)

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4. Jeff Daniels - Charlotte Checkers (AHL)

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The Hurricanes like to keep it in the family, and Daniels would be a great choice. He already spent some time behind the Carolina bench as an assistant before being handed the keys to the Charlotte Checkers -- who have been playing really inspired hockey.

If Carolina is going to look inwards, Daniels is a good spot to start.

3. Bob Hartley - Calgary Flames

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3. Bob Hartley - Calgary Flames

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Calgary is a house in chaos. Rumors have Hartley being shown the door at the end of the season by the notoriously indecisive Flames management.

However, his overall method and style would be a breath of fresh air to the Hurricanes and could get instant results.

2. Eddie Olczyk - Commentator

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2. Eddie Olczyk - Commentator

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The former Pittsburgh Penguins head coach has told a number of news outlets he is "itching" to get back to coaching.

This is a moment when Carolina needs to ask "why the heck not?" He's a big personality, he's got a great track record and he can't make the team any worse. Give him a one-year deal, see where it goes and roll some dice for once.

1. Kevin Dineen - Canadian Women's National Team

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1. Kevin Dineen - Canadian Women's National Team

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A reader submitted this idea, and it's so great it's almost insane.

Dineen may be the best idea to take the Hurricanes bench since they first bought benches. He's got a history with the franchise -- which is nearly a prerequisite in Carolina -- and he took the Canadian women to the gold in Sochi. Think about Dineen as the next Hurricanes coach and try not to blow your own mind.