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Garrioch discusses Rutherford's replacement, wonders if Carlyle's headed to the Peg

03/30/2014 at 1:30am EDT

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:

Are the Winnipeg Jets waiting in the wings? When the Jets fired coach Claude Noel earlier this season, the last thing the organization wanted to do was commit to his replacement long term. GM Kevin Cheveldayoff just wouldn’t do it. While he spoke with former Philly coach Peter Laviolette, he wasn’t willing to take a short-term contract, but former Toronto coach Paul Maurice didn’t mind the terms so he did. You have to wonder if the Jets aren’t keeping a close eye on the situation in Toronto as well. Randy Carlyle grew up in the Winnipeg organization and is a graduate of the Manitoba Moose. Nobody is sure what will happen to Carlyle if the Leafs don’t make the playoffs. At the very least, don’t be surprised if the Jets take a wait-and-see approach hiring a full-time replacement.

Garrioch continues at length...

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