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    Francis out as GM

    Hurricanes seeking GM after moving Ron Francis to new role

    Carolina Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis has been removed from his job and will transition to another position in the organization, the team announced Wednesday night.

    The team announced that Francis will serve as president of hockey operations.

    Francis, 55, had served as executive vice president and general manager for four years during which the Hurricanes failed to make the Stanley Cup playoffs. A former star center with both the Hurricanes and their previous incarnation, the Hartford Whalers, Francis is in his 12th season in team management overall.

    Carolina is 29-27-11 and four points out of the last wild card in the Eastern Conference, and it is 2-6-2 in its last 10 games. The Hurricanes haven't qualified for the playoffs since losing in the conference final in 2009.

    This is the first major shake-up for the franchise by Tom Dundon, who purchased the Hurricanes last December from Peter Karmanos, Jr.

    "Since I took control of the team, I've had a good chance to be around and assess the operations," said Dundon. "There are a lot of good people working in the organization, but I feel that a change in direction is needed when it comes to hockey personnel decisions. Ron is a smart and talented hockey man. I am glad that he will continue to be a part of the team, serving in this new role."

    A source told ESPN that the next Hurricanes GM will report directly to Dundon.

    The move makes the future of head coach Bill Peters uncertain. He's in his fourth season with the team after being hired by Francis, having compiled a 130-130-53 record.
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    Ron Francis out as GM of the Carolina Hurricanes

    By Scott Billeck, Mar 7, 2018, 9:35 PM EST

    In the thick of the playoff race, the Carolina Hurricanes have removed general manager Ron Francis from his post.

    Francis, according to The News & Observer, will become the team’s president of hockey operations.

    The Hurricanes were four points adrift of the second wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference as of Wednesday.

    “Since I took control of the team, I’ve had a good chance to be around and assess the operations,” Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon said in a release on Wednesday. “There are a lot of good people working in the organization, but I feel that a change in direction is needed when it comes to hockey personnel decisions.

    “Ron is a smart and talented hockey man. I am glad that he will continue to be a part of the team, serving in this new role.”

    The Hurricanes said whatever new GM they hire will report directly to Dundon, bypassing the team’s new president of hockey ops — Francis.

    Francis, 55, was handed the role as GM, replacing Jim Rutherford. Rutherford has gone on to win back-to-back Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    France played 1,731 NHL games over his 25-year career, including 1,186 games with the Hartford Whalers/Hurricanes organization.

    It’s been an up and down season for the Hurricanes, but they’re still in the running for a playoff berth. The Hurricanes own the distinction of having the longest playoff drought among the 31 NHL teams. Carolina hasn’t played a playoff game since 2009.

    Francis’ trade history is, well, very light.

    Francis went out and signed former Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling in the offseason, giving him a four-year deal worth north of $16 million. It was a risky move at the time, given the question marks surrounding Darling’s ability to take on the role of a starting goalie.

    And it hasn’t worked out.

    Darling owns the worst save percentage in the NHL among starters with a .889.
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    Jagr tells the crowd that he wanted to make a beautiful goal but ... "It hit my ass," he said.

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