Jim Rutherford could be stepping down as Hurricanes GM

Carolina Hurricanes forward Elias Lindholm (16) is congratulated by teammates forward Jordan Staal...

Carolina Hurricanes forward Elias Lindholm (16) is congratulated by teammates forward Jordan Staal (11) forward Jeff Skinner (53) and defensemen John-Michael Liles (26) after his 3rd period goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs at PNC Arena on Jan 9, 2014 in Raleigh, NC, USA. (James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:43 PM ET

In light of the news coming out of Raleigh that long-time Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford could be stepping down or moving up at the end of this season, you can expect there will be lots or rumours around the Staal brothers and Jeff Skinner, not to mention goaltender Cam Ward.

That could add to the intrigue at the June draft in Philadelphia. With talk Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler was available at the trade deadline and could be back on the market come summer, along with speculation about the future of Senators captain Jason Spezza in Ottawa, there will be lots of interesting names and scenarios in play.

It will be interesting to see what happens in Carolina.

Do they promote Hall of Famer Ron Francis, currently the club's vice-president of hockey operations, to the GM position if Rutherford choses to concentrate on his president's duties or steps out of the picture all together (likely)? Do they go for a new vision (less likely)?


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