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Deep Blue Sea: Carolina Hurricanes, under new management

Carolina’s front office drama, KHL fixing, players surveys, and more in today’s open discussion thread.

MONTREAL - JUNE 26: Associate Head Coach/Director of Player Development Ron Francis of the Carolina Hurricanes speaks from the podium during the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre on June 26, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

It’s been awhile since we’ve seen front office drama: The Carolina Hurricanes have named Ron Francis their President of Hockey Operations, relieving him of his GM duties with the club. There are reports that Francis didn’t necessarily have the best working relationship with Hurricanes owner, Tom Dundon, and that Dundon will be looking to shake up the nature of the Hurricanes hierarchy.

John Shannon of Sportsnet suggested that Dundon wants to be more hands on, making the GM position more of a figurehead, similar to how the NBA Dallas Mavericks are run.

Could that work in hockey? We’ll see. Read more about it below.

First, here’s Sharks news and notes:

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