Report: Hurricanes pull contract offer for Rod Brind'Amour

Could he be coaching elsewhere next season?



He's been one of the more successful head coaches in the National Hockey League since stepping behind the bench for the Carolina Hurricanes in 2018, but could his future with the franchise that he led to the Stanley Cup as team captain in 2006 be in doubt? 

Rod Brind'Amour has reportedly seen a contract extension offer by the franchise pulled, leaving his status beyond this season up in the air. According to NHL Insider Darren Dreger, Brind'Amour may be forced to test the coaching market. He writes: 

"Rod Brind’Amour’s future as Carolina’s coach is up in the air. Recently, a deal seemed close, but It’s believed the offer to extend the highly respected coach has been pulled. Sources say Brind’Amour wants to stay, but may have to test the market if an agreement can’t be reached."

Since taking over from Bill Peters, Brind'Amour has amassed a .664 win percentage and never missed the playoffs. He also was named the 2021 recipient of the Jack Adams Award, given annually to the League's best coach as voted by a poll of the National Hockey League Broadcasters Association. 

Should he ultimately not be able to work out a deal with Carolina, there will be several clubs in line for his services. Teams looking for a new full-time head coach include the likes of the Ottawa Senators, Buffalo Sabres, and New Jersey Devils. 

Additionally, the Seattle Kraken recently fired head coach Dave Hakstol after three years on the job; the Kraken are run by general manager Ron Francis, a former teammate of Brind'Amour's in Carolina.

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