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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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72