Ron Francis will be the general manager of the NHL expansion team in Seattle, as reported on Tuesday.
Francis was from 2014 to 18 GM of the Carolina Hurricanes and worked 12 seasons in their front office. The Hurricanes have not qualified in his four seasons for the Stanley Cup playoffs as GM. They finished a playoff drought of nine seasons by reaching the final of the Eastern Conference last season, their first under his successor Don Waddell.
Seattle will start the game in the NHL season 2021-22.
Seattle President and CEO, Death Leiweke At last year's NHL Draft in 2019, he said he would hire his first GM sooner rather than later.
"I think we will get top talent in GM," said Leiweke. "I think we have a chance to build a top-notch staff around this GM.
" We're ready to make that investment if we find the right candidate to say the right things, so we're ready Do that. And part of what Jerry (co-owner) [Bruckheimer] and I did is have dinner with people, have lunch, and drink coffee. And it's really fun. Seattle Times has reported that Seattle is interested in Ken Holland (Edmonton Oilers), Kelly McCrimmon (Vegas Golden Knights) and Steve Yzerman (Detroit Red Wings), who have each agreed to this offseason GM elsewhere.
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The newspaper said the 56-year-old unanimously approved Seattle's bid last week.
Seattle Board of Governors as 32nd league team on December 4, 201
Seattle will play in the KeyArena, which is worth a renovation Goes through 800 million dollars. Leiweke announced last month that there was no urgent announcement of the team's nickname or colors. The Seattle Times reported that Francis had given the nickname that is expected to be announced before the end of the year.
Francis, a hockey hall of fame center, is at 1,798 points (549 goals, 1,249) fifth in the history of the NHL assists) in 1,731 NHL games with the Hartford Whalers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs. The two-time Stanley Cup winner with Pittsburgh is second in the selection.