Earlier this afternoon, the Carolina Hurricanes announced that they are restructuring their hockey operations staff as a few new hires were made along with a few other members receiving promotions and contract extensions. Among those receiving promotions were Ron Francis, who will now serve as the Vice President of Hockey Operations, Jason Karmanos, who was promoted to Executive Vice President and Assistant General Manager and Rod Brind'Amour who will be behind the bench full-time next season as an assistant coach.
Joining the staff as the Director of Forwards Development will be former Hurricane Cory Stillman. Most Carolina fans should be familiar with Stillman as he played a big role on their Stanley Cup winning squad from 2006 and he has always been known for his great hands and goal-scoring touch back in the day. He retired after the 2010-11 season as the member of the Hurricanes and is now back with the club to take over Brind'Amour's position after working in a player development role with the Florida Panthers last season. Some of the younger forwards on the team will be able to learn a lot from him.
Another familiar face who will be re-joining the staff as the team's Goalie Coach will be Greg Stefan. He was Carolina's goalie coach from 2005-07 and worked with the Canes as a pro scout last season. He will be swapping positions with former Goalie Coach Tom Barrasso, who will stay with the team as a pro scout. Both have played a key role in the development of Cam Ward, so it will be interesting to see how Stefan will work with him and his back-ups next season.
Dave Hunter was also hired as a pro scout. He worked with the team as a part-time amateur scout last season. Both Dave Lewis and Glen Wesley were also given contract extensions as Assistant Coach and Director of Defensemen, respectively.
For more information and a statement from the team on these hires is after the jump.