Brind'Amour's surprise season no shock to Canes

Updated: April 4, 2006, 5:36 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

RALEIGH, N.C. -- On the day Rod Brind'Amour was named captain of the Carolina Hurricanes, he stopped in to visit his neighbor, Ron Francis.

Brind'Amour chatted with the man they called Ronnie Franchise about being a captain and whether Francis had any advice. Brind'Amour then warned that he might be dropping by for some late-night consultations if things didn't go well in the land of the Hurricanes.

Suffice it to say Brind'Amour hasn't been pounding on Francis' door in the middle ...

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