Ron Francis is no longer the general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes announced on Wednesday that Francis will move into a new role as president of hockey operations, and that the team will begin a search for a new GM.
“Since I took control of the team, I’ve had a good chance to be around and assess the operations,” said team owner Tom Dundon in a release. “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.”
Francis has been Carolina’s GM for four years, and has yet to make the post-season. The Hurricanes entered Wednesday four points out of the Eastern Conference’s second wild-card spot.
He has helped build a solid, young core, particularly on the blue line, but has also failed to adequately address the team’s need for a starting goaltender.
Scott Darling, acquired and signed this past off-season, has struggled with the Hurricanes, posting a .889 save percentage in 35 games.
Cam Ward, who’s spent his entire career in Carolina, has a .907 save percentage in 36 appearances.