And welcome back Marty-Joe Gerber, the world's only Swiss redneck.
I'd rather start with the good news. Legend Ron Francis has re-joined the club as director of player development. This from carolinahurricanes.com:
“Ron’s knowledge of the game of hockey and his experience as a player go without
mention,” said Rutherford. “Having Ron in this role will be a true benefit to
the players and the Hurricanes organization.”
Last summer, the Bruins hired a old friend of Peter Chiarelli to be their director of player development. Here's a snip from his job description:
"...responsible for tracking the progress of all prospects in the
Bruins system at the AHL, junior hockey and college levels and scouting of
To me that means long roadies and many nights in Motel 6's from Albany to Fort Myers. If the Hurricanes put Ronnie on the road to work hands-on with prospects and coaches and track the play of other team's prospects, it should be a nice boost for the Canes system. If "tracking the progress" means downloading spreadsheets from a desk in the RBC...we'll at least have our memories.