Francis will be Seattle's GM

Tanya Simon
July 19, 2019

Seattle hopes it can duplicate what the Vegas Golden Knights did in their inaugural season.

Seattle's National Hockey League franchise has reached terms with a big name as its first general manager, landing hall of famer Ron Francis, according to the Seattle Times. An official announcement is expected later this week. Although his two Stanley Cup victories came with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the early 1990s, most of his storied career was spent with the franchise that moved to Raleigh following the 1996-1997 season.

When Francis was the Hurricanes GM, he had to deal with a small market team and had to use the draft to build the team.

Francis also has experience as a General Manager (GM) as he led the Hurricanes from 2014 till 2018 before he was terminated. Francis was sacked by Hurricanes management in 2018. The former Hartford Whaler, who also spent almost six seasons playing in Carolina, was hampered by the team's small budget, failing to get the Hurricanes to the playoffs during his four years as GM.

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Geoff Baker of The Seattle Times followed with a report that said "sources with knowledge of the situation have indicated" Francis would be announced as the GM by the organization this week. Tippett served as an adviser for the Seattle team before being hired as the Edmonton Oilers new head coach this off-season.

Francis brings a winning pedigree along with him.

A five-year contract seems to make sense, seeing that Francis will spend the next two years helping to get this franchise off the ground.

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