The Carolina Hurricanes have the most points in the entire NHL and look poised for another long playoff run. Their coach happens to be a franchise icon that served as captain during the organization’s only Stanley Cup championship in 2006. What seems like the easiest extension in history has been expected for some time with head coach Rod Brind’Amour, who is only under contract through the end of the 2021-22 season. But the deal still hasn’t been signed, and Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet shed some light on exactly why:
They don’t have an extension done yet for next year and I understand that one of the biggest issues there is that Brind’Amour has asked that as much as he wants himself to get a contract extension, he also wants extensions for his coaching staff, the training staff and the equipment staff–which also aren’t signed for next year.
As Friedman explains, the odds are still on Brind’Amour signing with the Hurricanes, but there are teams “that would like to back up the Brinks truck” to steal him away from Carolina. It’s easy to understand why after the success he’s had through the early part of his coaching career. In three seasons, Brind’Amour is currently sitting at a 117-64-19 record, which would put him sixth all-time in winning percentage among coaches with at least 200 games.
Obviously, some of that is the Hurricanes core coming into its own, but there’s no doubt that Brind’Amour has impressed behind the bench. The fact that he is now sticking his neck out for the rest of the staff will only improve his reputation, even if it does make it a little more difficult to work out a new contract in Carolina.
Of course, there is now an NHL team without a head coach and it happens to be managed by former teammate and long-time Hurricanes colleague Ron Francis. The Seattle Kraken are taking their time deciding who will lead the team during their inaugural season and though there has not been a direct connection yet to Brind’Amour, you can bet they would be one of the (many) teams keeping an eye on the situation in Carolina.