The Carolina Hurricanes have called a news conference for Noon et on Monday when it is expected they will introduce Ron Francis as the team's new general manager.

Francis, who is in his eighth season with the Hurricanes, is currently the team's vice president of hockey operations.

As a player, Francis enjoyed a 23-year NHL career with Hartford, Pittsburgh, Carolina and Toronto. In 1,731 NHL regularseason games, the Hall of Famer scored 549 goals and earned 1,249 assists for 1,798 points to rank him fourth all-time on the league's points list.

Francis was originally drafted by the Hartford Whalers fourth overall in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft.