Canes reassign GM Francis to another front-office position

Last Updated: Thursday, March 08, 2018, 11:59 PM EST

(AP) Hall of Fame player Ron Francis is out as general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes after four years but will remain with the team in another front-office position.

New owner Tom Dundon said Wednesday night that the team will begin a search for a new GM to report directly to Dundon. Francis will move into a new role as the team's president of hockey operations.

Dundon said in a statement that he "had a good chance to be around and assess the operations" and felt a change "is needed when it comes to hockey personnel decisions."

The move came a day after the Hurricanes' 6-1 loss at Minnesota, which left Carolina four points outside the Eastern Conference playoff picture.