Ron Francis out as Hurricanes GM; becomes president of hockey operations


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.

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