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(Another) New Challenge for Francis

Wednesday, 12.3.2008 / 4:00 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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(Another) New Challenge for Francis

Add another job title to Ron Francis’ rapidly-growing resume.

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First a player, then the director of player development and then the assistant general manager, the hall-of-famer is now an associate head coach and the newest member of Paul Maurice’s staff.  Jason Karmanos, currently the team’s executive director of hockey operations, will move back into the assistant general manager post he held from 1998-2007.

Coaching is an opportunity that Francis has had for a while, but now he’s finally chosen to take advantage of it.

“Numerous times I’ve been asked and kind of said no,” he said.  “Jim [Rutherford] had kind of discussed this with me a little bit and I thought about it and thought this was an opportunity to give it a try.”

While he may not have coaching experience outside of his involvements in youth hockey, each of his past roles do give him unique qualifications for his new position with the team.

“There’s guys in there that I’ve played with as teammates,” he said.  “There’s guys in that room that, as director of development, I was a part of trying to get them here, and now they’re here.  As assistant GM, you’re also in on some of the discussions and deals when you trade for players and sign players to come in.

“I think the one thing I do have is a pretty good understanding of what we have in that locker room and the personalities that we have there.”

As of right now, it remains somewhat unclear as to what Francis’ exact role will be.  He was mentioned in this space yesterday as the team’s unofficial power play consultant, and it seems that might be made official going forward.

“We’re still kind of working through that,” said Francis.  “Paul has mentioned that he’d like me to work on the power play angle, so we’ll start with that.  We’ll sit down as a group and kind of go from there as to how things roll out and who’s responsibility is defined in which manner.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 54 15 19 -13 34
J. Skinner 54 19 12 -3 31
V. Rask 52 12 19 0 31
J. Staal 54 12 19 8 31
K. Versteeg 53 10 21 1 31
E. Staal 54 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 54 8 16 -9 24
A. Nestrasil 47 7 12 0 19
J. Nordstrom 43 5 9 2 14
R. Hainsey 54 3 11 -11 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 15 11 6 .908 2.38
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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