Rod Brind’Amour agreed to a three-year contract Thursday to remain coach of the Carolina Hurricanes.
Brind’Amour was named Hurricanes coach May 8, 2018, replacing Bill Peters, and is 120-66-20 in three seasons. He is a finalist with Dean Evason (Minnesota Wild) and Joel Quenneville (Florida Panthers) for the Jack Adams Award, given annually to the coach voted the best in the NHL by members of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association. The winner will be revealed Thursday during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals between the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning. The game starts at 8 p.m. ET.
“Rod has been the driving force behind the culture change we’ve undergone here,” Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell said. “He keeps our players motivated, demands accountability, and has our team ready to compete every night. He has truly raised the bar for our organization, and we’re thrilled to have him continue as our coach for years to come.”
Carolina was the No. 1 seed in the Discover Central Division this season and was eliminated in five games in the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Second Round by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Hurricanes have qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of Brind’Amour’s three seasons and advanced to the Eastern Conference Final in 2019, when they were swept by the Boston Bruins.
“I love this group and I love [coaching],” Brind’Amour said March 30. “I really do focus on right now and I don’t have a long-term plan with me as far as what I’m doing. I feel that’s almost irrelevant. Coaching right now, that’s the priority.”
Since Brind’Amour became coach, Carolina has won more games than all but the Lightning (141), Bruins (126), Washington Capitals (125), Vegas Golden Knights (122) and Pittsburgh Penguins (121).
Brind’Amour said earlier that questions about his contract were not a distraction during the season.
“I think it would be more [distracting] for players, for sure,” the 50-year-old said. “You put it aside and do your job, but they also know every game is impacting, potentially, the contract. I can see where that becomes an issue as a player. You try to put it off.
“I’m going to coach my team here as best I can, no matter what. So hopefully we get something done. We’ll see how that all shakes out, but that’s certainly not a distraction.”
Brind’Amour played the final 10 of his 21 NHL seasons for the Hurricanes. He was captain when they won the Stanley Cup in 2006.