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Ron Francis gives up role as assistant

Updated: May 18, 2011, 9:48 AM ET
Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Hall of Fame player Ron Francis is giving up his spot on the Carolina Hurricanes' coaching staff to focus on his front-office job with the club.

General manager Jim Rutherford said Tuesday that the mutual decision to shift Francis back into the front office was not in response to the team missing the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons.

"It was something that is not new -- it was something that had been planned for over the last couple of years," Rutherford ...

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