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Seattle expansion franchise officially names Ron Francis GM

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Ron Francis was officially named the first ever general manager of Seattle’s incoming National Hockey League franchise on Thursday. Francis was the GM of the Carolina Hurricanes for four years before being let go after Tom Dundon purchased the team. The Hurricanes didn’t make the playoffs during his tenure, but Francis did put a lot of the pieces together that made a surprise run to the Eastern Conference final this season. I think this is a good hire by Seattle. Francis has shown himself to be a pretty solid GM and should be better having a bigger budget to work with. The 56-year-old will have two seasons to prepare for the 2021 expansion draft where he will pluck a player from the Florida Panthers and 29 of the league’s other teams.

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