It might have taken some time, but an extension is finally official between the Carolina Hurricanes and Rod Brind’Amour. News swirled around this last month, but it took a while to get all the details finalized. The new deal is for three years. Carolina announced the deal on Thursday morning at 11 am.
Rod Brind’Amour officially signs a three-year extension to remain #hurricanes head coach.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 17, 2021
Hurricanes Extend Rod Brind’Amour
Brind’Amour has been nothing short of great since taking over as the ‘Canes coach in 2018-19. The former Stanley Cup winner has posted a 120-66-20 record in 206 regular-season contests and three postseason appearances. He has the highest winning percentage at .631 in the Hurricanes franchise history. The team also won at least one round in two of the three postseasons. It is hard to argue with that level of success for a franchise that went without a postseason birth for 10 full seasons until Brind’Amour was hired.
It is clear that Brind’Amour’s experience as a player has led to real on-ice results. The Ottawa native played in the NHL from 1989-90 through 2009-10. He won the Selke twice and received votes for it eight other times. He also finished fourth in the Calder Trophy race that ultimately went to Sergei Makarov. Brind’Amour’s long tenure spanned multiple eras of hockey and maybe a big factor in how Carolina seems able to adapt to the modern game with little difficulty. Whatever the reason for success, Carolina has made a brilliant decision retaining their 50-year-old leader.
The future is quite bright with Brind’Amour and his staff sticking around for a few more seasons. Carolina is awash with quality players who are under contract for multiple seasons. That includes stars like Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen. Throw in developing players such as Ryan Suzuki, Jake Bean and Seth Jarvis, and you have the makings of a core that should compete for championships for years to come. Nothing in hockey is written in stone, but the Hurricanes organization has positioned itself to be among the league’s dominant teams for the foreseeable future with their recent personnel decisions.