The Carolina Hurricanes announced that Jason Karmanos has been relieved as Executive Vice President and General Manager today. The vacant spots will be filled by Ron Francis and Darren Yorke.
Karmanos spent 15 years with the Canes organization, although not in a continuous period. He served in the two spots from 1998-2007 and returned in December 2009. He was also part of the organization when the Canes won the Stanley Cup in 2006.
The assistant G.M. works with Jim Rutherford and helps with the day-to-day management of the club.
Francis, who is the Director of Hockey Operations, and Yorke, a video scout and Hockey Operations Assistant for the Canes, will take over the two spots, although it has not been announced who will take which.
This is an extremely strange time to make a front office change. Those firings and hirings usually come at the end of the season, rather than a few weeks before the next season starts.
The Hurricanes have not given a reason for Karmanos’ firing and have not released a press release yet. This is likely a firing, not a “relieve”- when a front office worker is relieved of his/her duty it is essentially a firing.
Statement from Peter Karmanos Jr. about Jason Karmanos: "This is a family matter. I have no further comment at this time."
— Mike Sundheim (@MikeSundheim) September 8, 2013
All indications are Jason Karmanos' firing came as result of a family squabble. No legal or other issues apparently involved.
— Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) September 8, 2013
So now it’s starting to look like an issue between father and son. There are sure to be rumors of what happened, but chances are we will never find out what actually happened. Let’s just hope there is no drama that surrounds this and it does not affect the team in any way.
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