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The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch ponders the fates of Dany Heatley, Andy MacDonald, Andrei Markov, Dmirtri Kulikov and others in his weekly rumor column, but he's been talking about executives for some time and I haven't paid those quips much heed, so it's time to talk about the gents in suits. In addition to wondering about the shelf lives of Dallas Eakins and Mike Yeo, Garrioch says that the Carolina Hurricanes' only general manager may be moving on up...
While Carolina GM Jim Rutherford is expected to move upstairs into a full-time role as president at the end of the season, the word is owner Peter Karmanos has to sign off on the decision to elevate Ron Francis. You’d have to think it is a rubber stamp and if that’s the case then coach Kirk Muller will likely be thanked at the end of the season.
And I can't deny that I've had this thought as well:
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.
RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that Associate Head Coach Ron Francis will not be behind the bench for tonight’s game at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers. Francis suffered a back injury during the All-Star break and is not with the team on the current road trip.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
NHL.com: What do you think is the greatest challenge for the NHL today?
RF: “Oh, well, I think the on-ice portion has made some great strides in opening up the game since the lockout season. I have always felt going way back that our League has the best players not only from North America, but from the world. To allow these guys to show off their talents and display what they can do on thin blades with the puck, and force other players in the League to emulate them and elevate their level will make our game better. I have never been a fan of allowing the other players to pull down the more skilled guys, and in the last few years the game has gotten faster and there are plays that people are just shaking their heads at.
On the other side, the challenge will always be keeping that financial balance. The players deserve to make a good living at what they do and the franchises and owners deserve to make money for their investment and risk.
From Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated, asks “Is it too late to applaud Ron Francis as a Hall-of-Famer?” Certainly not…
His career may be just under the radar where the general public is concerned, but his peers have long revered him. They appreciated his night-in-night-out contributions and understood the competitiveness below the surface of his stoic demeanor. As an 18-year-old rookie, Atlanta Thrashers center Bobby Holik played with Francis in Hartford. Holik says he learned a lot from Francis that year, and even more about him as the two competed countless times as Eastern Conference rivals.
“He was extremely competitive, despite being so calm,” Holik says. “You could never take him off the ice, in any situation. He was the ultimate complete hockey player—the last great two-way player.”
Ron Francis, Al MacInnis, and fellow inductees Mark Messier, Scott Stevens and Jim Gregory, will be honored at the 2007 Induction Celebration on Monday, Nov. 12 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
More on Francis at NHL.com and below is the transcript from a media conference call with Francis, from earlier today.
A video of his career highlights is also provided.
from Lord Stanley’s Blog at the News & Observer,
The Hurricanes have called a 2 p.m. press conference today to announce their new assistant general manager, by all indications Ron Francis.
from the News & Observer,
Watching practice Monday morning, Ron Francis sat in the stands at the RBC Center and sketched and doodled on a pad in his lap, diagramming plays.
Francis is searching for an answer to the same question that so plagued the Hurricanes a year ago: What went wrong with the power play?
“Everybody sort of understands what we’re trying to accomplish,” Francis said. “With the talent we have and the skills we have up front, we just need to give them the freedom to read and react and make plays.”