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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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 68 20 27 -13 47
J. Faulk 73 14 32 -18 46
E. Lindholm 72 16 20 -21 36
J. Skinner 68 18 12 -22 30
V. Rask 71 11 19 -12 30
R. Nash 67 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 69 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 73 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 45 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 37 4 15 -9 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 19 21 5 .910 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62