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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -The Carolina Hurricanes will keep their coaching staff together after their run to the Eastern Conference finals.

The team said Monday it has agreed to terms with coach Paul Maurice on a multiyear contract. In addition, Ron Francis will return as associate head coach and take on the title of director of player personnel.

Assistant coaches Kevin McCarthy and Tom Rowe will remain on existing contracts, while Tom Barrasso - who completed his second season as goaltending coach and director of goalie development - will also take the title of assistant coach.

Terms were not disclosed on Maurice's contract. Team president and general manager Jim Rutherford has scheduled a news conference for Monday afternoon to discuss the moves.

Maurice, 41, replaced Peter Laviolette - the man who replaced him five years earlier - in December after the Hurricanes got off to a slow start. But the Hurricanes became one of the hottest teams in the NHL over the final two months of the regular season, making the playoffs for the first time since winning the Stanley Cup in 2006.

In the first round, the Hurricanes stunned New Jersey with a pair of goals in the final 80 seconds to win on the road in Game 7. Then the Hurricanes beat top-seeded Boston with Scott Walker's overtime goal in another Game 7 on the road.

Eventual Cup champion Pittsburgh swept the Hurricanes in the conference finals.

Maurice is the franchise's winningest coach and led the team to the 2002 Cup finals in his first stint with the team. He was fired in December 2003 and replaced by Laviolette, who led the team to the first major professional sports championship in North Carolina history.

Francis, a Hall of Fame player, joined the coaching staff when Maurice was rehired after working in the front office.

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