This isn’t new to the former Toronto Maple Leafs coach, who has had to deal with an undercurrent of speculation of his demise over the course of the past two seasons in Carolina.

Sources say Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford is trying to make a deal for a forward and even though his top defenceman Joni Pitkanen is injured, it’s believed Rutherford would trade either Tomas Kaberle or Bryan Allen in return for an offensive boost up front.

Wednesday’s 4-0 loss in Montreal showed a lack of passion, but what is less obvious is whether the team has the personnel or financial resources to get better.

The Hurricanes’ roster is among the youngest in the league, while their payroll sits in the bottom four.

Hurricanes captain Eic Staal’s poor offensive start continues to draw league-wide attention as he searches for chemistry with yet another set of wingers, but more than a lack of goal production is Carolina’s woeful defensive play.

The Hurricanes possess the second-worst goals-against average in the NHL having allowed almost 3.5 goals per game.

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