Hurricanes sign general manager Ron Francis to extension

7:41 p.m. EDT August 30, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes have signed general manager Ron Francis to a contract extension through the 2018-19 season, the team announced Tuesday.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

“I appreciate the fact that (owner Peter Karmanos Jr.) is willing to give me the extension,” Francis said. “We’re going in the right direction, so it’s exciting to help continue that.”

Francis, 53, is a Hall of Fame player beginning his 11th season in a management role with the Hurricanes and his third since taking over for Jim Rutherford as general manager. He’s led the youth movement that helped the Hurricanes improve 15 points in the standings last season, trading captain and franchise face Eric Staal while reshaping the team around a core of younger players.

“Ron has rebuilt our organization the right way, stocking our team and system with young players who will help this franchise compete for the Stanley Cup year in and year out,” owner Peter Karmanos Jr. said. “I’m thrilled that he will continue to see the job through. The future is very…

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