Kirk Christopher Muller
Center-Left Wing
Left-Handed Shot
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 205 pounds
Born: 2.8.66 Kingston, Ontario
How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Traded to the Montreal Canadiens with Roland Melanson for Stephane Richer and Tom
Chorske, 9.20.91
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
PPP
SHG
SHA
SHP
GWG
1984-85
NJ
80
17
37
54
-31
69
157
9
6
15
1
1
2
0
1985-86
NJ
77
25
41
66
-20
45
168
5
7
12
1
0
1
1
1986-87
NJ
79
26
50
76
-7
75
193
10
24
34
1
1
2
4
1987-88
NJ
80
37
57
94
19
114
215
17
20
37
2
0
2
1
1988-89
NJ
80
31
43
74
-23
119
182
12
10
22
1
1
2
4
1989-90
NJ
80
30
56
86
-1
74
200
9
12
21
0
0
0
6
1990-91
NJ
80
19
51
70
1
76
221
7
19
26
0
5
5
3
Franchise
Career Totals
 
556
185
335
520
-62
572
1336
69
98
167
6
8
14
19
Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Ahhhhhhhhhhh. Captain Kirk.

There I was, an 11-year old kid just getting into the game. The Devils become my team, and Muller becomes my
favorite player.

He could do it all. Great offensive skills, good defensive skills, not afraid to mix it up, learned how to lead effectively
from the vets before him, was durable, and even when he was hurt, more often than not, he played anyway. In hindsight,
even though the 1984 draft was before I knew about hockey, I'm kinda glad the Devils lost the Mario Lemieux
Sweepstakes.

I was bummed out when Muller was traded to Montreal. I knew Richer was an offensive threat, but still, when you
develop an emotional attachment towards someone, it's hard to let go. (Of course, I was that way with any Devil back
then.)

But it proved to be the right move. He would ultimately get the Cup in '93, and the Devils grew even more once he
was gone.

His time with the Habs as a player was short-lived, though, much to his shock, nevermind the fact that he did not want
to play with the Islanders. So yeah, that's where the downward spiral on his career would start, with the suspension for
refusing to report, and an eventual breach of contract. He couldn't get to Toronto fast enough once the trade to the
Leafs happened.

The damage was done, though. He did evolve into an effective role player by the time the Dallas Stars got him in 1999.
He would stay with them until the end of his career in 2003.

He got into coaching with the Habs around the time Guy Carbonneau was their head man (the mid-00s); he was the
main assistant there for a few seasons. During the summer of 2011, he decided to pursue a head coaching position.
He accepted the job for the Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville's AHL affiliate), but that was short lived, as Jim
Rutherford, the GM for the Carolina Hurricanes, came calling around Thanksgiving. After he took over for Paul
Maurice, he also signed a lengthy contract with them. He would stay with the Canes until 2014.

Subsequently, he started doing the assistant thing again. First, the week following his firing in Carolina, he joined the
Blues' staff. And two years later, he would return to Montreal and their staff. He had been credited as a good offensive
mind as an assistant coach during his first tenure there... could be part of why the Habs got off to a hot start in 16-17.
Entry Draft: 1984 First Round Pick (2nd overall) by the
New Jersey Devils
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
PPP
SHG
SHA
SHP
GWG
1987-88
NJ
20
4
8
12
-10
37
35
0
4
4
0
0
0
0
1989-90
NJ
6
1
3
4
-2
11
12
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
1990-91
NJ
7
0
2
2
-3
10
16
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
Franchise
Career Totals
 
33
5
13
18
-15
58
63
0
6
6
0
0
0
0
Playoff Statistics with the Franchise