The Carolina Hurricanes have reportedly asked permission to interview both John Stevens and Ulf Samuelsson for the coaching position which is still vacant.
John Stevens is currently the assistant coach of the Los Angeles Kings and has been in that position since the 2010-11 season. He served as an assistant to both Terry Murray and Darryl Sutter over the course of those years and has won the Stanley Cup twice. Between the dismissal of Murray and the hiring of Sutter, Stevens acted as interim coach for the franchise for four games during the 2011-12 campaign.
Prior to joining the Kings, Stevens coached the Philadelphia Flyers for parts of four seasons. He took over for Ken Hitchcock during eight games in the 2006-07 season. The next two seasons he helped the Flyers achieve a great improvement, leading the team to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in both occasions. Unfortunately, Stevens was fired a mere 25 games into the 2009-10 season.
Stevens coaching career is 122-111-34 over 267 games.
Ulf Samuelsson was an assistant for the New York Rangers this season. Despite never being a head coach in the NHL, Samuelsson was coach of Modo Hockey in the Swedish Hockey League for two years prior to joining the Rangers. He had a 38-15-16-41 record with Modo Hockey.
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Samuelsson play 16 season in the NHL as a defensman and spent five seasons as an associate coach for the Phoenix Coyotes after retiring his skates.
Other names on the market for the Carolina Hurricanes to hire include Kevin Dineen, Dan Bylsma, Jacques Martin, John Stevens, and many others.
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