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FordFusion - December 4, 2008 12:16 AM (GMT)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- -- The Carolina Hurricanes fired coach Peter Laviolette on Wednesday and replaced him with Paul Maurice, the winningest coach in franchise history.

Hall of Fame player Ron Francis, the team's assistant general manager, moved from the front office and will be Maurice's associate coach.

"We have a team that right now that, in my opinion, is not playing with the kind of confidence it needs," general manager Jim Rutherford said. "We've lost that confidence."

Laviolette, who replaced Maurice almost exactly five years ago, led the team to its only Stanley Cup title in 2006. Last month, he became the winningest American-born coach in NHL history.

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