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Carolina Hurricanes fire coach Paul Maurice; no immediate word on replacement @NHLdotcom

RALEIGH, N.C. - The Carolina Hurricanes have fired coach Paul Maurice for a second time.

A replacement is expected to be announced later Monday. Reports suggested Milwaukee Admirals coach Kirk Muller was in line to get the job.

Maurice's second stint with the Hurricanes started in 2008-09 and included a trip to the Eastern Conference final that season.

However, the Hurricanes have missed the playoffs the last two years and are just 8-13-4 to start the season.

Maurice was also the franchise's head coach from 1996-2003 and had a two-year stint in charge of the Toronto Maple Leafs. His career NHL coaching record is 460-457-167.

It was a tough day for coaches in the Southeast Division as the Washington Capitals also fired Bruce Boudreau. He was replaced by Dale Hunter.

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