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Carolina Hurricanes: The day that Gave the Franchise a Face

The Carolina Hurricanes, coming off an underwhelming first season in North Carolina, needed a boost. On July 13, 1998, they got it. To truly understand the move and its impact, let’s take a look back.

March 4, 1991.

If you were a fan of the Hartford Whalers on that date, there’s no doubt that a part of you died. On that date, Hartford general manager Ed Johnston sent a package—the centerpiece of which was Francis—to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Aside from defenseman Zarley Zalapski—who put up 165 points in 229 games—the deal was a bust for the Whalers.