Coach Paul Maurice was fired Monday by the struggling Carolina Hurricanes in his ninth season, the longest current stretch with one NHL team.
Maurice, who took the Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup finals in 2002, was replaced by former New York Islander coach Peter Laviolette.
"He brings experience and an aggressive coaching style to the Hurricanes," General Manager Jim Rutherford said.
The Hurricanes are 8-12-8-2 for 26 points, next to last in the Southeast Division.
"I got to a point that I still felt that this team had a chance this year with 52 games left," Rutherford said. "I just felt that we needed to get some fresh ideas into our dressing room."
Assistant Randy Ladoceur and goaltending consultant Don Edwards also are out, Rutherford said. Assistant Kevin McCarthy and recently retired Carolina forward Jeff Daniels will assist Laviolette.