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Carolina fires head coach Peter Laviolette, Paul Maurice reportedly takes over @NHLdotcom

RALEIGH, N.C. - The Carolina Hurricanes have fired head coach Peter Laviolette, who led the team to the Stanley Cup in 2006.

The Hurricanes scheduled a news conference for 11:30 a.m. ET but confirmed the coaching change.

The Hurricanes are eighth in the Eastern Conference at 12-11-2. They have lost three straight games at home and four of their last five games overall.

Laviolette, a finalist for the Jack Adams Trophy as coach of the year in his championship campaign, was in his fifth season as Hurricanes coach.

Last month, he surpassed John Tortorella as the winningest American-born coach in NHL history.

But the Hurricanes have missed the playoffs for two straight seasons and have given an inconsistent effort this season.

Laviolette, a 44-year-old native of Franklin, Mass., was named Carolina's 11th head coach on Dec. 15, 2003. Prior to joining the Hurricanes, he coached two seasons with the New York Islanders.

He also served as an assistant coach with the Boston Bruins in 2000-01 after two years of running Boston's American Hockey League affiliate in Providence.

He played pro hockey for 11 seasons, mostly in the AHL and International Hockey League. He also played 12 games with the New York Rangers during the 1988-89 season.

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