Kirk Muller's days with the Carolina Hurricanes may be numbered.
Muller will reportedly be relieved of his duties at the end of the season, Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports:
It is, according to sources, a fait accompli in Carolina that Kirk Muller will be dismissed [as] head coach at the conclusion of the season by incoming GM Ron Francis. The Candy Canes have made the playoffs once in eight seasons since winning the 2006 Stanley Cup.
The Hurricanes are 34-33-11 under Muller this season, which places them 13th in the Eastern Conference and seventh in the Metropolitan Division with four games remaining.
The former NHL forward was hired as Hurricanes head coach in November 2011. The team has failed to qualify for the playoffs in each of Muller's three seasons at the helm.
General manager Jim Rutherford will relinquish his role at season's end, leading to speculation that Francis will be promoted to the GM position.