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“We’re still, to this day, we still make mistakes and stuff. It’s tough,” Alzner said Tuesday. “It’s always tough when you change anything — personnel or systems — during the season. You’ve got to just go with the flow and figure it out. I think that now we are starting to figure it out.”

And though the desired results might be further away for the Hurricanes, Carolina seems to be on the path toward playing Muller hockey well into the future.

“I knew before I took the job it would be a lot of work,” Muller said. “But the guys, I love their enthusiasm. I love the way they’re trying. I see a lot of good signs that I think will keep us going in the right direction.”