As a Hall of Fame player, Ron Francis ability to see plays develop set him apart. As a general manager, he’s less worried about the Carolina Hurricanes missing the playoffs -- again -- than he is building a foundation for the future.
Carolina Hurricanes coach Bill Peters has learned Canes fans care about the team and want to support it. It’s now up to general manager Ron Francis to see that the Canes are better next season and up to team president Don Waddell to see more people are watching.
On the day the Stanley Cup playoffs began, Ron Francis sat on a raised platform at a press conference explaining why the Carolina Hurricanes won’t be in them. Francis, completing his first year as general manager, was joined by Canes coach Bill Peters in fielding the “what-went-wrong” questions.
The Carolina Hurricanes players gathered Monday for end-of-season interviews, some showing off beards that had nothing to do with the Stanley Cup playoffs. Much of the talk again was about what went wrong this year and about next year.
Andrej Nestrasil no longer has the only gap-toothed smile on the Canes. Victor Rask has been missing one of his front teeth since Saturday but played that night against the Detroit Red Wings and capped a strong rookie season.
For the fifth straight year, Jeff Skinner will end his NHL season without a playoff game. For the first time, the Carolina Hurricanes forward may hear his name mentioned more often in offseason trade speculation.
The Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday reassigned defenseman Keegan Lowe to the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League. Lowe made his NHL debut and played two games for the Canes, whose season ended Saturday.
Eric Staal helped the Carolina Hurricanes win a Stanley Cup and has served as team captain since 2010, saying he embraces that role. He also wants to be a part of the future and help the Canes return to the playoffs.
The Carolina Hurricanes’ season comes to an end Saturday, soon to be followed by what could be an uncertain, perhaps surprising offseason. The Canes finish things up with a game against the Detroit Red Wings and will be out of the playoffs for the sixth straight season.
Carolina Hurricanes forward Nathan Gerbe has been slashed by a skate and knows the potential risks in a fast-moving sport in which players can be in career-threatening incidents in the flash of a blade.
Gustav Nyquist and Pavel Datsyuk scored in the third period, and the Detroit Red Wings rallied past the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Tuesday night, taking a big step toward their 24th consecutive playoff berth.