Jim Rutherford, who serves as president and general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, is expected to give up his general manager duties at the end of the season.

Rurherford, contacted Monday, said he did not want to comment on his situation with the team or any potential changes until the season is completed.

Sources close to the team say Rutherford may stay as team president, although that decision has not been made.

It’s expected Ron Francis, the Hurricanes’ vice president of hockey operations, will succeed Rutherford as general manager. That decision will be made by team owner Peter Karmanos Jr.

Rutherford has been with the franchise since Karmanos and the late Thomas Thewes bought the NHL’s Hartford Whalers in 1994. The team relocated to North Carolina in 1997 and won the Stanley Cup in 2006.