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Carolina fires Maurice; replaced by Kirk Muller

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The last-place Carolina Hurricanes have brought in former All-Star Kirk Muller to replace Paul Maurice as coach. This is the second time Maurice has been dismissed by the club.

Muller takes over a team that has lost 10 of its last 13 games to drop to the bottom of the Southeast Division.

This is Muller's first NHL head coaching job. The 45-year-old is in his first season coaching the Nashville Predators' AHL affiliate in Milwaukee after spending five seasons on the Montreal Canadiens' staff.

General manager Jim Rutherford on Monday called Muller "the right man to lead our team now and in the future."

Muller's 19-year NHL career included a Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 1993.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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