Maurice to stay on as Canes coach

RALEIGH He's agreed to a multi-year contract. Terms of the deal were not released.

Ron Francis will remain an assistant coach and will also be named director of player personnel.

Maurice took over the NHL team in December and pushed all the way to the Eastern Conference finals before losing to Pittsburgh in four straight.

General manager Jim Rutherford said in a statement that he wanted to keep the coaching staff together.

"Keeping the coaching staff intact and better defining each coach’s role was an important offseason task," said Rutherford. "The team showed tremendous improvement in the second half of last season under the guidance of Paul and Ron. Their delegation of responsibilities to the other coaches created good chemistry in the coaches’ office and helped lead to success on the ice."

Maurice, 41, guided the team to a 33-19-5 record in the final 57 regular season games of 2008-09, after the team started the season 12-11-2. The team's trip to the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals added to his postseason success that includes Carolina’s 2002 Eastern Conference title.

He is the franchise’s all-time winningest coach, having amassed 301 wins in his 731 regular-season games coached and Southeast Division titles in 1999 and 2002.

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