Carolina is moving in the right direction

New coach Peter Laviolette is looking to shift Carolina to a more aggressive approach.

Updated: January 15, 2004, 1:50 PM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
When Peter Laviolette took over as coach of the Carolina Hurricanes after Paul Maurice was fired Dec. 15, the team was certainly in need of some changes.

The 2002 Stanley Cup finalists had fallen to the league's worst team in 2002-03 and started this season 8-12-8-2. Without the benefit of training camp, Laviolette just wanted to tweak a few things to play a more up-tempo game. Despite Carolina's pop-gun offense, the new coach couldn't make wholesale changes or else "they'd freeze, like a deer in the headlights."

His most notable change has been shifting to a more aggressive forechecking system from a passive defensive formation in the neutral zone.