The Carolina Hurricanes announced Monday that they fired coach Kirk Muller.

The move comes just a week after Ron Francis took over as general manager. Assistant coaches John MacLean and Dave Lewis were also dismissed, but former Hurricanes captain Rod Brind'Amour will remain on the staff.

"We thank Kirk, John and Dave for their time and effort during the past three seasons," Francis said in a statement. "Kirk and his staff worked very hard, but we feel that the team is in need of a fresh start at this time."

Muller went 80-80-27 in three seasons. The Hurricanes have not made the playoffs since 2009.

This season, Carolina finished 13th in the Eastern Conference with a 36-35-11 record.

Since winning the Stanley Cup in 2006, the Hurricanes have missed the postseason seven of eight years.