The Carolina Hurricanes are moving general manager Ron Francis to a new position and will conduct a search to replace him, a source with direct knowledge of the decision said Wednesday night. The team later confirmed the move.

Francis will remain with the team as president of hockey operations, but his replacement as general manager will report directly to new owner Tom Dundon.

“Since I took control of the team, I’ve had a good chance to be around and assess the operations,” Dundon said in a statement. “There are a lot of good people working in the organization, but I feel that a change in direction is needed when it comes to hockey personnel decisions.

“Ron is a smart and talented hockey man. I am glad that he will continue to be a part of the team, serving in this new role.”

Dundon and Francis were not immediately available for comment Wednesday night.