On August 30, the Carolina Hurricanes announced the contract extension of Ron Francis through the 2018-19 season. Francis has been given credit for rebuilding the Canes into a young, exciting team and for the vast improvement of their young prospect base.
Owner Peter Karmanos had this to say, (taken from the team’s press release:) http://hurricanes.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=891781
“Ron has rebuilt our organization the right way, stocking our team and system with young players who will help this franchise compete for the Stanley Cup year in and year out,” said Karmanos. “I’m thrilled that he will continue to see the job through. The future is very bright for the Hurricanes in Carolina.”
I attended a media session where Francis answered questions from the local press. I will have more about that in another article.