It may not exactly be a promotion, but expect to hear more about former NHL goaltender Tom Barrasso when it comes to the Carolina Hurricanes.
The ‘Canes will do a bit of rebuilding in the offseason, aiming to bolster the talent on and off the ice. And talent on the ice, of course, starts with the leadership off the ice.
Barrasso has been an interesting part of the Carolina Hurricanes this past season, taking on a mixture of assistant coaching duties while also helping out the goaltenders.
Coach Kirk Muller has said he’d like to see more of Barrasso and more of assistant coach Rod Brind’Amour.
This has nothing to do with Muller’s job in jeopardy, at all. The ‘Canes simply weren’t that good this season, and the expectations just weren’t there regardless. With Muller having his first year under his belt, he has a feel for the product on the ice, and can progress with incorporating a crop of talented young assistant coaches to build from.
Rutherford said Muller wanted a change in the role of the team’s goaltending coach, which could lead to Barrasso being reassigned. Barrasso has been a fulltime assistant coach while also working closely with the Canes goalies.
Muller also said he’d like Barrasso to take “on new duties with the team.” So, there will be an increase of involvement with a reassignment. Either Barrasso will be more involved with the assistant coaching aspect or the goaltending coaching aspect.
Or Barrasso could wind up playing a critical role in scouting.
GM Jim Rutherford said the following:
“This may not work ideally for Tommy (Barrasso). He will need to decide. His goal is to be an assistant coach or one day a head coach, so we’ll need to work through that. Maybe he will help with pro scouting.”
The pressure will be on Barrasso to step up and zone in on one aspect of coaching, but ultimately, if he can be part of a turn-around Hurricanes as they look to turn the page, it may help him succeed in becoming a head coach for a professional hockey team one day.