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New Carolina Hurricanes GM Ron Francis wasting no time in cleaning house for a “fresh start”

Ron Francis (2006 photo by akulawolf via wikipedia commons)

Ron Francis was one of the NHL’s best centers during his career which lasted form 1981-2004. He was used to winning and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007 after playing for the Hartford Whalers, Pittsburgh, Carolina and Toronto.

It has come to no one’s surprise to Carolina Hurricanes fans and media in North Carolina that he has started cleaning house after taking over as the general manager last week from Jim Rutherford who resigned after two decades.

The Hurricanes former captain and assistant coach fired head coach Kirk Muller and most of his staff. Muller was 80-80-27 with the Hurricanes. Also shown the door were assistant coaches Dave Lewis and John MacLean. Goaltending coach Greg Stefan has been reassigned to the team’s pro scouting department.

Francis, who was an imposing center during his playing days at 6’3, 200 pounds, said that no one’s job is safe on the team not even the most-popular stars. He also stated that a fresh start is needed for a franchise who has made the Stanley Cup playoffs only once in the past eight years.

The Hurricanes have won a Stanley Cup, in 2005-2006. They’ve won two Eastern Conference championships in 2001-02 and 2005-06.

Bruins secure Patrice Bergeron with eight-year contract

Patrice Bergeron (courtesy Boston Bruins)

Earlier in the week, the Boston Bruins, champions of the Eastern Conference, secured the services of their goaltender Tuukka Rask with an eight-year contract for $56 million.

Rask was a restricted free agent.

On Friday, the Bruins signed another key piece of their championship team to a long-term deal.

Patrice Bergeron inked an eight-year, $52 million contract extension.

The new contract for the 27-year-old Bergeron, will begin after next season when his current three-year deal worth $15 million expires.

The 6’2, 194 pound Bergeron in 42 regular season games, scored 10 goals with 22 assists and 32 points. In 22 games in the Stanley Cup playoffs, scored nine goals, dished out six assists for 15 points.

The eight-year contract is the longest period of time that teams are allowed to sign NHL players.

 

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Ottawa Senators re-sign RW Erik Condra

Ottawa Senators RW Erik Condra (photo by Michael Miller via wikipedia commons)

The Ottawa Senators have re-signed 22-year-old right winger Erik Condra to a two-year, $2.5 million deal.

The new pact helps Condra, a restricted free agent, avoid arbitration.

Last season, Condra scored four goals with eight assists. In 10 Stanley Cup playoff games, he scored a goal with six assists.

Blackhawks agree to terms with Marcus Kruger

Marcus Kruger (courtesy Chicago Blackhawks)

The Chicago Blackhawks have locked up another key piece of their championship roster in center Marcus Kruger.

According to published reports and sports talk shows, the deal is for two years.

The 23-year-old Kruger, who is 5’11, 172 pounds, was a restricted free agent, who had four goals and nine assists in 47 regular-season games.

In the Blackhawks run to the Stanley Cup championship, Kruger scored three goals and two assists.

 

Colorado Avalanche shakes up front office

(courtesy Colorado Avalanche)

The Colorado Avalanche has shaken up its front office, with Pierre Lacroix resigning as team president after 18 years on the job and two Stanley Cup titles.

Lacroix will stay on as an adviser.

Lacroix was pivotal in relocating the team from Quebec to Denver. He was the main architect of the 1996 and 2001 Stanley Cup Championship teams.

Replacing Lacroix will be Josh Kroenke.

Former Avalanche team captain Joe Sakic is also being promoted to executive vice president of hockey operations.

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