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Hurricanes Fire Coach Kirk Muller

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- Newly hired Carolina Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis fired coach Kirk Muller on Monday after the team finished 36-35-11 this season.

Francis also fired most of Muller's coaching staff and is looking for a "fresh start."

"I don't think changing the coaches lets the players off the hook,'' Francis said. "I think there has to be a lot of responsibility on their shoulders as well to turn this thing around. Hopefully we can do that going forward.''

Carolina has made the playoffs just once in eight years and finished 22nd in goals per game.

"The biggest thing was our inconsistency,'' Francis said. "Some nights we looked like a great team, and other nights we really struggled, looked like we didn't know how to play the game at times.''

Francis was asked what type of coach he'd like to hire. "I don't really have anybody in mind,'' Francis said. "We'll start [with] a few names we're putting on the list, and we'll go forward looking at that list and see who is the best fit for our team going forward.''

Francis hinted that he may want to have a coach in place before the NHL Draft come June 27.

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