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Two Different Types Of Organizations, Ottawa And Carolina

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

Melnyk, who is believed to be facing cash crunches to keep the franchise afloat financially, has adopted a much-publicized less-is-more approach, dramatically streamlining the front office.

Dundon, who fired general manager Ron Francis this past week, has served notice of the need to expand his management team for a more specialized approach to pressing issues.

On Wednesday, moments after taking part in the Senators team photo, Senators general manager Pierre Dorion wheeled a heavy suitcase out of Canadian Tire Centre, beginning yet another scouting trip on what fans can only hope is a plan to help secure a brighter future for the organization.

No doubt during his plane rides and car trips to here, there and everywhere, Dorion is taking calls — we’re guessing many of them from Melnyk, now also serving as president and CEO of the Senators — considering any and all options about captain Erik Karlsson’s future....

Dundon, though, softened the blow by suggesting Francis had too much on his plate, telling The Athletic that “the GM job in hockey gets pretty big, their responsibilities tend to get far-reaching,” and that Francis had been weighed down by trying to do too much.

“It’s like everybody has the idea that the GM is just talking to other GMs and trying to make trades and looking for players in constructing your roster, but the truth is they have to do so much more,” Dundon said.


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What Happened With The Carolina Hurricanes And Ron Francis?

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

One of the adjectives used to describe new Carolina owner Tom Dundon is “disruptor.”

Three months into his ownership of the Hurricanes, he has sent shockwaves through his organization and the league. The official team release said Ron Francis “will transition into a new role” as president of hockey operations, but make no mistake, this is a firing without removal from the organization. The new general manager will report directly to Dundon, cutting Francis out of the process.

This has been brewing.

On the weekend, there were rumblings Francis was considering resigning. He did not respond to a few requests for comment, so uncertainty prevented any reporting of the story. The shocker was the timing. Why would the Hurricanes do it during a playoff race, four points out with the trade deadline in the rear-view mirror? (Dundon did not respond to a request for comment, but you have to figure he will address the media Thursday).

According to multiple sources, it became obvious the owner and the GM were a bad match.


added 7:57am, from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

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Ron Francis Now The President Of Hockey Operations In Carolina

RALEIGH, NC - Tom Dundon, Owner and Governor of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that Ron Francis will transition into a new role with the team as president of hockey operations. The Hurricanes will conduct a full search for a new general manager, who will report directly to Dundon.

"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."

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Infant Daughter Of Jordan And Heather Staal Passes Away

RALEIGH, NC – The Carolina Hurricanes today issued the following statement regarding team captain Jordan Staal and his family. 

“The thoughts and prayers of the entire Hurricanes organization are with Jordan and Heather Staal on the loss of their infant daughter, Hannah. We ask that you please respect their family’s privacy at this time.”

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Jeff Skinner Hits TSN’s Trade Bait List

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Carolina Hurricanes coach Bill Peters raised eyebrows this week when he blasted his roster, saying, “We can’t put that group out again after that,” following a loss to the San Jose Sharks.

Peters vowed “it’ll be different Tuesday.” Marcus Kruger and Haydn Fleury bore the brunt of his anger as scratches against the Philadelphia Flyers.

That doesn’t mean other, bigger changes might not be on the horizon for the Hurricanes.

Canes winger Jeff Skinner is the most prominent among 10 new names to hit TSN Hockey’s latest Trade Bait board ahead of the Feb. 26 trade deadline. The belief is that the Hurricanes, while not actively shopping Skinner, would be willing to listen to offers on him.


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The Lower Bowl Movement In Carolina

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

There were enough season-ticket no-shows – again, not uncommon for a frigid Tuesday night against Ottawa, even in the salad days – to give the lower bowl a gap-toothed look, but all but a few hundred die-hard upper-levelers took up the team on its open offer to move down, including the notorious noisemakers from Section 328 who took up residence in Section 123. Things did get louder than they would have been in the third, even if no amount of fan migration could have salvaged the first two sleepy periods. What's the point of trying to fill up the lower bowl if there's nothing to get loud about?


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Fan Friendly Move By The New Carolina Hurricanes Owner

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

Carolina Hurricanes fans attending Tuesday’s game against the Ottawa Senators will have an interesting offer: sit in the lower bowl or possibly the suites at PNC Arena.

New Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon has put a priority on filling the lower level for games, saying it provides a better game atmosphere and hopefully more of a home-ice advantage for the Canes. Add in the suites and there are 12,038 seats to fill.

For Tuesday’s game, those who have seats in the upper deck will be invited to take an assigned a seat in in the lower bowl, or placed in suites if there’s an overflow. That could mean the owner’s suite, if needed, Dundon said.

“I want the lower bowl to be energetic and packed,” Dundon said in an interview. “It’s obvious it’s sort of a playoff push now.


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Scott Darling Not Working Out For The Carolina Hurricanes

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

There’s still a chance that Scott Darling could emerge as a legitimate No. 1 goalie for the Carolina Hurricanes. Maybe even later this season, although there’s scant evidence so far to believe that will happen. For now, here on the other side of the solstice of the season, Darling isn’t the player the Hurricanes thought they traded for in April.

He’s not even Eddie Lack.

As has so often been the case for the past decade, the Hurricanes will head down the stretch playing catch-up in the standings with Cam Ward as their first option in net. Maybe this is the year Ward is able to play at the upper limit of his ability for an extended period of time. He wasn’t supposed to be asked again.

This was supposed to be Darling’s team. But it’s time to stick a fork in the Darling experiment, well intentioned as it may have been, after Sunday’s 5-1 loss. It’s January and his save percentage is .892, which means the Hurricanes gave up a third-round pick and $16.6 million to get worse at the position.


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Sebastian Aho Out With Lower-Body Injury And Concussion


Also, Mark Giordano will not receive any additional discipline after receiving a match penalty on the hit.

If you missed the hit, watch it below...

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Winning Streak Hits Seven For The Calgary Flames

from Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald,

On New Year’s Eve, the Flames began a win streak that, after Sunday’s 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, has extended to seven games and elevated them to second in the Pacific Division with a 25-16-4 record.

They have not lost in 2018.

And after a four-game road trip that ended on a high note as the Flames headed into their mandated NHL break, they are officially the hottest team in the 31-team loop the eighth-best team in the NHL.

“This is kind of where we started last year when we went on that run,” said Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan, referring to the team’s 10-game win streak that started of 2016-17before the 2017 NHL All-Star break. “You know what, these guys always had it in them. I always thought they could get on a little run here. Eight or nine games before this started, we started playing pretty good hockey but we weren’t getting the results … you’ve gotta be happy for the guys.”  

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Game highlights are below...

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