NHL: Hurricanes Rid Themselves and Hire the One They Fired?

Josh ClarkCorrespondent IDecember 6, 2008

Many Carolina Hurricane fans booed the head coach that replaced Peter Laviolette, Paul Maurice.  The RBC Center hasn't been as empty as the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in almost two years.  And what was even worse, The hurricanes got blown out.

Now that I got that out of the way, I'm going to tell you why I believe it was a good idea to bring Maurice back.

My theory is that the Carolina Hurricanes want Ron Francis to coach.  Ron Francis has never coached before and I believe that the Carolina Hurricanes brought Maurice in to assume the title of "head coach."

However, if Francis likes to coach and if he does end up taking the role, Maurice can give pointers to Francis during his first year.  Francis could learn a lot about coaching from Maurice and it could be helpful if he wants to be the future coach of the Carolina Hurricanes.

The reason they choose Maurice to do the job?

He doesn't need much of a salary. Paul Maurice is still gaining $5,000,000 a year from the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team he was fired from.  

The Hurricanes are receiving a coach that could teach a few things to the future coach of this organization, and he's coaching for free!  Its starting to make sense now.  That is my analysis on why the Carolina Hurricanes brought back the coach that fans believed failed them.  

I would also like to say to the Hurricanes who are all about Laviolette.  He had one good year with the Canes, which was the Stanley Cup year.  Other than that, he hasn't made the play-offs since.