Jim Rutherford steps down as Hurricanes GM; Ron Francis promoted to replace him
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RALEIGH, N.C. - Jim Rutherford is stepping down as general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes and the team has promoted Hall of Fame player Ron Francis to replace him.
In a series of moves announced Monday, the Hurricanes also hired Mike Vellucci as assistant GM and director of hockey operations and promoted Brian Tatum to assistant general manager.
The 65-year-old Rutherford spent two decades as the club's GM, and helped shepherd its move from Hartford to North Carolina.
He assembled the teams that won one Stanley Cup, played for another and reached the Eastern Conference final in 2009.
Francis holds team records with 382 goals, 793 assists and 1,186 games played.