Carolina Hurricanes News
- Jim Rutherford is done as GM as the team officially announced that he will step down from the role. Ron Francis is now taking over. (Cardiac Cane) (Hurricanes’ Website) (Canes Country) (Bleacher Report)
- Matt Karash goes over Rutherford’s time with the team (Hockey Buzz)
My Opinion on GM Moves
Yesterday you got Brett’s opinion on the GM changes, so today you’ll get mine. While this move had to be done, I do like it. Ron Francis seems like a guy that is determined to succeed and had a great track record as a player.
Being a GM is a completely different beast, and having little experience will be tough, but Francis will fight for people’s respect.
I also like the addition of Mike Velluci, though, I’m surprised he wasn’t hired as a coach. He’s done a great job with the Plymouth Whalers, but having him in a management is something I didn’t see coming.
If the Canes decide to keep Kirk Muller, which is a real possibility, Velluci could be seen as a candidate to take over that role if Muller doesn’t succeed right away.
Overall, yesterday was a good day for the Hurricanes’ future and this summer will be a fun one.