Hurricanes owner says Brind'Amour extension no concern: 'He's the best'
Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon says head coach Rod Brind'Amour will remain with the club beyond this season.
Brind'Amour's current contract is set to expire this summer, but Dundon says he's not worried about negotiating a new deal.
"I've never been concerned," Dundon said Tuesday on The Bob McCown Podcast. "I've never really had a problem keeping good people, if I want to keep them, we keep them, we'll find a way and he's the best.
"I have no interest in owning the team without him coaching it, so he's going to coach it."
The Hurricanes hired Brind'Amour as head coach in May 2018 and have ascended to become one of the league's top teams since.
Carolina owns a 115-64-19 record with Brind'Amour behind the bench and has made the playoffs in three straight seasons, including a trip to the Eastern Conference Final in his first campaign.
Dundon credits Brind'Amour, who previously served as an assistant coach, for changing the culture of the club when he was promoted.
"That's probably the main thing. There were a couple of really good players, but there was a person here who was really good at getting the most out of everyone and creating a culture.
"And he loves the Hurricanes, right? That wasn't something a lot of people can say. Even when we were no good, he still loved it, and he thought about it the way it was when he played and they were good."
Brind'Amour played for the Hurricanes from 1999-2010, and captained the team to its first and only Stanley Cup in 2006.
The Hurricanes sit first in the Central Division and second in the league entering Tuesday's action.