A Metropolitan Division rival has changed up its front office. They've also done it during the middle of the season as well, making the move all the more interesting.
Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon isn't messing around. GM Ron Francis, one of the franchise's most storied and revered players, has been removed from his role and has been promoted to President of Hockey Operations.
Really shouldn't be surprised that Ron Francis has been shuffled aside in Raleigh. From Day One, new owner Tom Dundon wanted to do things his way. Francis deserves a ton of credit for rebuilding the depth of the'Canes.
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) March 8, 2018
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.
Rather than waiting until the off-season, this move indicates that Dundon would like to put his imprint on the Hurricanes as quickly as possible.
Average 82-game CAR performance under Francis: 34-34-14, 82 points.
Average 82-game EDM performance under Chiarelli: 38-37-7, 83 points.
Francis was hired a year earlier, but I'd bet Chiarelli's average record is lower by the end of the season.
— Jonathan Willis (@JonathanWillis) March 8, 2018
The Hurricanes are 29-27-11 this season in 67 games played for a total of 69 points on the season. Those numbers are right in line with his average as a general manager of 82 points per season.