Hurricanes seeking GM after moving Ron Francis to new role

Carolina Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis has been removed from his job and will transition to another position in the organization, the team announced Wednesday night.

The team announced that Francis will serve as president of hockey operations.

The move makes the future of head coach Bill Peters uncertain. He’s in his fourth season with the team after being hired by Francis, having compiled a 130-130-53 record.

“We’ve got to come out of the dressing room a little bit more organized and ready to play,” Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said.

Winnik scored on his 33rd birthday, prompting Peters to pull Ward for Scott Darling. Then, just 15 seconds later, on the first shot Darling faced, Staal broke free in the Carolina zone, faked right and dragged the puck left to poke a backhander in for his 10th goal in the last nine games .

“I want to win every time I get on the ice,” Staal said. “But when you pump ’em in like that for a bit, I think you feel a little bad.”

In seven games since Jason Zucker and Mikael Granlund joined Staal on the first line, the trio has combined for 16 goals and 19 assists. With 15 games to go, Staal has a solid chance at the third 40-goal season of his career.

I’d like to thank the Celtics for their gracious offer to play a video tribute on Feb 11th celebrating my 3yrs in Boston. But since it appears this has caused some controversy w/ Paul Pierce’s night I’d ask the Celtics instead to focus all of their attention on #34’s career.

Pierce made it known earlier this month that he’d rather Thomas not be feted on his special day, and told ESPN on Tuesday that he approached Celtics president Danny Ainge to tell him it wasn’t sitting right to have Thomas honored on the same day of his jersey retirement.

“Danny and I talked about it for 40 minutes,” Pierce said Tuesday afternoon. “He told me, ‘This is what we have planned,’ and at the end of the conversation, he said, ‘If you don’t want us to do Isaiah, we won’t.’ So I told him, ‘I really don’t.’ So that was it.”

Ainge said, though, that Thomas decided he didn’t want to go through with the video tribute upon hearing of Pierce’s feelings about sharing the spotlight.

The Chicago Blackhawks and Jonathan Toews executed their plan — and didn’t waste any time in overtime.packers_001

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