Jul 2, 2014, 9:50 AM EDT
The Carolina Hurricanes didn’t make a big splash during the first day of the unrestricted free agent period, but they did change things up on the management side of things.
Don Waddell has been hired to serve as the president of Gale Force Sports & Entertainment, which is the parent company of the Carolina Hurricanes. He’s perhaps best known for his lengthy tenure as the general manager of the Atlanta Thrashers, which spanned from 1998, when the team was still getting ready for their debut campaign, until 2010.
Atlanta made the playoffs once during his tenure and the team played just one season in the post-Waddell era before moving to Winnipeg. Waddell joined the Pittsburgh Penguins’ organization as a scout in 2012.
Jim Rutherford previously served as the team president, but he left the organization to become the general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins shortly after he handed the Hurricanes GM reins to Ron Francis.
Peter Karmanos Jr. specified that Waddell will be handling the business side of the Hurricanes.
- Ouch: Wild reportedly suspend Harding for ‘non-hockey injury’ 4
- Keeping Kuemper: Wild sign goalie to two-year deal reportedly worth $2.5M 9
- Selanne regrets harsh words toward Boudreau 3
- Flyers’ Timonen admits chances of playing are ‘really slim’ 7
- Desjardins (a.k.a. not Torts) makes good first impression on Canucks 22
- Leafs deny rift between Kessel and coaching staff 20
- Injured Crosby, Malkin will miss start of Pens’ camp 10
- Selanne rips Boudreau in book 18
- Just how damaging are heated negotiations between Jackets, RFA Johansen? 38
- Panthers owners say they’re committed even though team has lost ‘tremendous amounts of money’ 12
- Chiarelli: At some point, I’m going to have to trade a defenseman (56)
- Jackets reveal Johansen offers — including an eight year, $46M deal (54)
- Will the NHL publicize divers? (48)
- No icing on the PK? The USHL will see how that looks (43)