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Coaching Staff Returns Intact

Monday, 06.15.2009 / 10:15 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Coaching Staff Returns Intact
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With Head Coach Paul Maurice signed to a new three-year contract, the Hurricanes’ coaching staff from last season will remain intact. Although their specific duties won’t change much, there are a few title changes.

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Ron Francis is now the associate head coach and director of player personnel, the latter part of that title added to reflect his continuing work in the front office and with young players in the team’s system. In addition, Tom Barrasso, formerly known as goaltending coach, has been given the title of assistant coach due to his work with multiple aspects of the team, although he will still work closely with the team’s goaltenders.

“With Ron, it’s really things that he’s been doing over the last couple of years and will continue to do, and I felt that it was important that he has that title so people understand everything he does,” said Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford.

“Tom Barrasso will continue to work with the goalies, but last year he has more input on different things like the penalty kill and our game preparation between periods,” added Rutherford. “I felt it was important that he was recognized for his work.”

Assistant Coaches Kevin McCarthy and Tom Rowe remain on board in their usual role.

For Rutherford, it was important to keep the entire staff together based on the job they did last season in taking a team that struggled in the middle of the season all the way to the conference finals. 

While the five-man staff is large by NHL standards, Rutherford thought very highly of how that allowed them to focus on a few specific duties that best suited their individual expertise. From the get-go, their organization was compared to that of a football coaching staff with multiple coordinators each handling their own area.

“When Paul came in, he did a really good job of bringing the coaching staff together,” said Rutherford. “They had good chemistry, and the delegation of certain areas where everybody felt they had an important role in the staff [worked well].

“That chemistry then that flowed over into the team,” he continued. “The players bought into it and bought into the adjustments that were made. I really felt that Paul did an exceptional job at that, which really helped in the overall picture.”

More to follow today as both Rutherford and Maurice will have separate media availabilities this afternoon.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 74 46 20 8 195 162 100
2 NYR 72 46 19 7 219 167 99
3 TBL 74 46 21 7 242 191 99
4 NYI 74 44 25 5 226 205 93
5 PIT 73 40 22 11 202 181 91
6 DET 72 39 21 12 208 195 90
7 WSH 73 39 24 10 212 180 88
8 OTT 72 37 24 11 212 190 85
9 BOS 73 36 25 12 193 190 84
10 FLA 73 33 26 14 180 201 80
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 73 31 31 11 164 186 73
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 72 26 36 10 165 199 62
15 TOR 74 27 41 6 193 237 60
16 BUF 73 20 46 7 138 245 47

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 72 14 31 -20 45
E. Staal 67 19 25 -14 44
E. Lindholm 71 16 19 -21 35
J. Skinner 67 18 12 -21 30
V. Rask 70 11 18 -13 29
R. Nash 66 8 16 -11 24
N. Gerbe 68 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 72 6 13 -4 19
A. Nestrasil 44 6 13 4 19
J. Staal 36 4 14 -9 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 18 21 5 .910 2.44
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62