The Carolina Hurricanes first promoted Ron Francis to general manager, which was expected.

The Canes then hired a new head coach, Bill Peters, which was a bit of a surprise.

But while those were two major moves for the organization, there are some hard decisions still to be made in the coming weeks.

The Canes have the No. 7 pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Do they want to stay put in the 7-slot in the first round, trade up or trade down?

NHL free agency begins July 1 and the Canes have such players as defenseman Ron Hainsey, forward Manny Malhotra and goalie Justin Peters due to become unrestricted free agents. What will be done with them and other UFAs?

Francis said decisions still must be finalized on which of the restricted free agents will receive qualifying offers. The Canes RFAs include forwards Jiri Tlusty and Nathan Gerbe.

Francis said Friday that his plan was not to make wholesale changes with personnel and totally reshape the team, even after the Canes missed the playoffs the past five years.

“I don’t foresee a major makeover,” he said. “We’ve got some pretty good pieces in place. I know it’s frustrating we haven’t made the playoffs in five years. We finished just outside (the playoffs) by 10 points, which is one win a month (more) over the course of (the past) season.

“We may do some things but we feel we have a pretty good group here that can compete and win, so there’s no real need at this point to make a major overhaul, in my eyes.”

Francis said his inclination was not to use a compliance buyout, although noting Friday it would be a part of discussions over the weekend with owner Peter Karmanos Jr.

“Historically we haven’t done that,” Francis said of a buyout. “We’ll discuss everything with our payroll and where our negotiations are and what we can and can’t do. But we don’t plan to do that at this point, no.”

The draft will be held Friday and Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, and it could be a busy week for Francis and the Canes management group. While there may not be a blockbuster trade to match the 2012 deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins that brought center Jordan Staal to the Canes, Francis may entertain offers and be open to trades.

It’s possible the Canes could look to move goaltender Cam Ward, who has had injury issues and has a $6.3 million salary-cap hit in each of the next two seasons. Goalie Anton Khodobin has been re-signed for the next two years.

“We’ve talked to Bill (Peters) and talked to teams about different possibilities and we’ll see what transpires in the next week or so,” Francis said without mentioning Ward. “We’re going to have to make a decision by the end of the month.”