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Hurricanes restucture hockey department

In a press conference scheduled for noon (eastern time) today, the Hurricanes will officially announce a restructuring of the hockey department.  The main change is that Rod Brind’Amour will join the bench, essentially stepping into the assistant coach position that Ron Francis held for the last couple of seasons.  He will also be the “director of forwards development” or something like that.  Francis will go back upstairs and focus on the Assistant GM duties.  If there’s anything beyond that, it’ll be news to me.

View the press conference live here

The “news to me” part is that Dave Lewis has joined the coaching staff to handle the defensemen.  He’s got loads of coaching experience from being an assistant and then a head coach for the Red Wings, then a head coach for the Bruins.  This should be a very nice addition to the staff. 


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Tripwire32's avatar

Starting here:

View the press conference live here

everything has a line through it. kinda interesting.

Posted by Tripwire32 from Kay He Mar Heart on 06/07/11 at 02:50 PM ET

David Lee's avatar

Hmmm.  I see that it’s doing that when viewed using Chrome, but not in Firefox. 

I’ll have to go close a tag somewhere. 

Anyway, the strikethrough was supposed to be just for the link to the live presser.  It was a temporary link that goes to some other NHL material now. 

Thanks for the heads up.

Posted by David Lee from Greensboro, NC on 06/07/11 at 02:56 PM ET


Great news for Canes organization and fans of the Canes.

Ronnie never wanted to coach and looked like some nights he was having a root canal done. Get him back into the offices where he belongs.

In regards to Roddy, I think this is a great move. There is no one better to set the example for the forwards: professionalism, work ethics and team first mentality. Just a really good move.

Dave Lewis?!? get to hand it to Karmanos and Rutherford for pulling a rabbit out of their hat with this one. Lewis comes from the premier NHL franchise (Red Wings..sans his time in BOS and LA) and can install some of what he learned there, here. Hopefully Maurice will allow some feedback from Lewis and institute a move puck control offense like DET uses instead of the horrid dump and chase we use too frequently.

Dare I say Lewis takes over for Maurice in the future?

Posted by Nbr1Caniac on 06/07/11 at 07:28 PM ET

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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science.  He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows.  Sometimes, all in the same day. 

David has contributed to CBC.ca for their Stanley Cup playoff coverage in 2006 and to the New York Times Slapshot blog for theirs in 2008. Red and Black Hockey was founded in July of 2005.

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