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by Alanah McGinley on 05/17/11 at 02:06 PM ET
Hall of Fame player Ron Francis is giving up his position as associate coach of the Carolina Hurricanes to focus on his front-office job with the club.
General manager Jim Rutherford said Tuesday that the mutual decision to shift Francis back into the front office was “something that had been planned” for years and wasn’t in response to the team missing the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons.
Update 12:50pm ET: More from Carolina today. From Luke DeCock at the Charlotte Observer—
What happens with Jeff Daniels and Rod Brind’Amour in the immediate future remains up in the air—there’s going to be an assistant-coach reshuffle behind the Hurricanes’ bench one way or another, with Ron Francis moving back to the front office full time—but Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford has a lot to say about their coaching futures.
In his end-of-season media briefing Tuesday, Rutherford said he thought both Daniels and Brind’Amour would be head coaches in the NHL at some point.
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