The signing of Justin Faulk today was not the biggest news coming out of the Carolina Hurricanes organization as Chip Alexander of News & Observer broke the news that GM Jim Rutherford will step down from his general manager position. He could remain as President, however.
Alexander also reported that Ron Francis, current vice president of hockey operations, will take the spot vacated by Rutherford with owner Peter Karmanos Jr. making that decision.
I know Rutherford has not been in many Canes’ fans favor lately, but the man did put together a Stanley Cup winning team in 2006 and has brought some star players to Raleigh such as the Staal brothers, Alexander Semin, Cam Ward and Justin Faulk.
Lately things have been difficult for the team as it looks like the Hurricanes will miss the playoffs for the fifth-straight year. Rutherford may have been pressured to step down or saw the writing on the wall as the team struggles.
It was obvious that changes were needed in the organization to bring in a new era, and hopefully Francis will be able to bring the success that Rutherford did.
Alexander also reported that a decision on coach Kirk Muller‘s future with the team has yet to be decided.