The Carolina Hurricanes terminated the contract of demoted general manager and Hall of Fame player Ron Francis on Monday.
The Hurricanes announced the move in a three-sentence statement nearly two months after Francis was reassigned to another front-office position – president of hockey operations – while the team began a search for a new GM that will report directly to new owner Tom Dundon.
Francis Alex Tuch Jersey Kids , 55, is a four-time All-Star who won the Stanley Cup twice with Pittsburgh in the 1990s and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007. He took over as Carolina’s general manager in 2014 after being groomed for the position by former GM Jim Rutherford – who now is trying to win the Cup for a third straight year with the Penguins.
The Hurricanes, meanwhile, have not made the playoffs since 2009. Their nine-year postseason drought is one of the longest in NHL history.
Francis stockpiled draft picks during the three-plus seasons he spent rebuilding the Hurricanes, but he was criticized for not making enough moves to help the current club and failing to orchestrate a consequential player-for-player trade during that time.
One of his biggest offseason acquisitions was a bust Danny Shelton Color Rush Jersey , with goalie Scott Darling coming in from Chicago and finishing with an NHL-worst save percentage of .888 in the first year of his four-year, $16.6 million contract.
The Hurricanes have several key vacancies in their management roster. They’re also searching for a coach after Bill Peters opted out of the final year of his contract earlier this month and subsequently was hired by the Calgary Flames.
Carolina was a winner at the draft lottery over the weekend. It holds the No. 2 overall pick in the June draft.
The Hurricanes also announced that Joe Nieuwendyk resigned as a pro scout and adviser for the team. Nieuwendyk, a Hall of Fame center who played for two decades, previously spent four years as the Dallas Stars‘ GM.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams had what coach Jay Gruden called “a minor” procedure on his knee and is expected to be able to play in the team’s next game.
Gruden said Monday that Williams was scheduled for the “bursa sac cleanup” during the bye week and should return for Washington’s game at the New Orleans Saints on Oct. 8.
The knee has been “irritating” Williams for a couple of weeks Dontae Johnson Color Rush Jersey , Gruden said.
In other injury news, Gruden said that running back Adrian Peterson has a sprained ankle, cornerback Josh Norman has a hamstring issue and right tackle Morgan Moses is in the concussion protocol after getting hurt in Washington’s 31-17 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
Gruden said he thinks Peterson will be fine and play against New Orleans.