The 5 Biggest Challenges Facing Ron Francis as New Carolina Hurricanes GM

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The 5 Biggest Challenges Facing Ron Francis as New Carolina Hurricanes GM
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"If we have to make changes, we'll make changes."

So said new Carolina Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis at Monday's press conference, taking over the reins of the struggling team at arguably its most pressured moment since moving to North Carolina.

"The consistency aspect would be an area of concern for me," he said. "At the end of the day, this is a fresh start for everybody...and we'll analyze everything. ... We want guys who want to be here, want to win, want to be successful, and we're willing to whatever it takes to accomplish that."

Francis immediately faces the double-sided task of working around exiting GM Jim Rutherford's self-created mess from the past half-decade of mistakes while satisfying a disgruntled fanbase thirsty for a new approach.

As coaching and player evaluations loom first up on the agenda and the the draft and start of free agency move on the calendar's horizon, Francis' first months as GM will quickly force a coming of age moment for the rookie executive. 

Which early challenges will immediately test Francis? A breakdown of five obstacles the 51-year-old GM will soon need to face head-on lie on the coming slides.

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