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LAVIOLETTE FIRED; Maurice Returns; Francis As Assitant?

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Press conference at 11:30 a.m. Here's the release from the team:

HURRICANES TO HOLD MAJOR NEWS CONFERENCE AT 11:30


Team will announce coaching change


RALEIGH, NCThe Carolina Hurricanes will hold a major news conference this morning at the RBC Center to announce a coaching change. All media are invited to cover the news conference, which will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the Media Room on the Arena Level.


Today’s news conference will also be available online, streaming live on CarolinaHurricanes.com for out-of-town media and fans. The Hurricanes’ team practice has been moved to 12:45 p.m.


TSN's Darren Dreger is reporting Paul Maurice will return as coach for the balance of the season.


Update: WRAL is reporting that one source is saying Ron Francis will be named an assistant. But that's third-hand news that has not been confirmed anywhere.