Rod Brind'Amour behind the Carolina Hurricanes bench.
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Rod Brind'Amour unsure if he'll be with Carolina after this season

Published May 1, 2024 at 2:01 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes are off to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs where they're set to meet the New York Rangers and their former head coach Peter Laviolette, who led the organization to their first championship in 2006.

Carolina's current head coach, Rod Brind'Amour, is focused on taking the Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup Final and hopeful to put another banner at PNC Arena, but beyond this season, his future with the organization is a bit unclear.

According to Luke DeCock of The News & Observer, sources are saying that Rod Brind'Amour is unsure of his future with the Carolina Hurricanes.

"Confidants say he has become unsure about his future in Carolina, according to sources familiar with those conversations," DeCock said.

Brind'Amour, 53, has spent nearly the last quarter of a century with the Carolina Hurricanes organization as a player, Director of Player Development, Assistant Coach and Head Coach. He has his number 17 retired by the Hurricanes and was captain of the team in 2006 when they won their first, and so far only, Stanley Cup.

Despite Brind'Amour reportedly unsure of his future in Carolina, Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon believes a contract extension with their head coach is "all but done".

"I think it's all but done," Dundon told DeCock. "(General manager) Don (Waddell) and him are working on it. I don't think there's anything there. We're in the playoffs, and they haven't focused on it. They're doing it together. I said OK to almost everything they've asked me for. They're just getting through the last little stuff."

In 452 games behind the Hurricanes bench, Brind'Amour has led the team to a 279-130-44 record and was named the winner of the Jack Adams Award in 2021.

If Brind'Amour left Carolina this summer, it would be a massive loss for the organization as he's undoubtedly one of the best coaches in the National Hockey League right now. It'll be interesting to see if he stays or leaves to join another team, such as the Seattle Kraken, who's general manager is a former teammate of Brind'Amour - Ron Francis.

Update: Carolina has reportedly pulled their offer to Brind'Amour.

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