The Hall of Famer Ron Francis will be a new executive vice president and general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes replaces Jim Rutherford.
Rutherford, whose 20-year tenure as GM included winning the Stanley Cup in 2006 and a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 2002, with Francis serving as Hurricanes captain. He will remain with the side as president in an advisory role, representing the franchise at NHL functions – such as the Board of Governors meetings.
Francis has worked in a variety of roles with the Hurricanes – since his retirement as a player in 2004 year, including 2-plus seasons as associate coach. He has spent the past 3 years as director of hockey operations. He expressed a clear vision for the type of player he wants on the Hurricanes roster.
Carolina has missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs 5 seasons in a row and completed 13th in the Eastern Conference in consecutive years, leading to rumor coach Kirk Muller’s job could be in jeopardy after leading the side for parts of 3 seasons.
Team owner Peter Karmanos, who attended the press conference, gave Muller a late-season vote of support during a Hurricanes TV broadcast, but he backtracked a bit on Monday.