Carolina Hurricanes Have Allowed GM, Don Waddell, to Speak With Other Organizations

2009 NHL Entry Draft, First Round
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Late last evening it was reported by Elliotte Friedman on X that the Carolina Hurricanes have allowed general manager, Don Waddell, to speak with other organizations. Pierre LeBrun followed up with this on X to report that Waddell had interviewed with the Columbus Blue Jackets for their general manager position.

The contract of Waddell is expiring, similar to many Canes players this summer. Head coach, Rod Brind'Amour, recently signed an extension to remain the head coach in Carolina after his contract had expired. Rumors were swirling during the playoffs that Brind'Amour could be leaving Carolina with job openings, more particularly in Seattle.

In a slightly surprising development, the Canes may have a new person at the helm of this team in a very important off-season. This team has many important players that are without contracts and more specifically, the defensive group has no one with a contract past next season.

Although unexpected, this may be just what the organization needs at this time. A fresh outlook on this roster is necessary as this group of players has gone as far as they can as a unit. This is not to say that it has not been a successful time in the franchise but to win a Stanley Cup, changes are necessary.

With Waddell's fingerprint all over this roster, it would be difficult for him to part ways and admit failure in some acquisitions. A fresh face would not have attachments to players and look to put a new stamp on a solid core of players. But first and foremost, the core needs to be locked up contractually.

The coming days will be quite interesting for the organization and the Canes will need to prepare for life without Waddell. Former players in the organization could be considered for the potential vacancy and I for one vote for Justin Williams.

I could also see something old school that used to happen more in the past, but having the general manager also be the head coach. Brind'Amour is the heart and soul of this franchise and no one knows the pulse of the organization more than him. An assistant general manager would be required to assist with the everyday general manager duties.

Interesting times in Raleigh, we will see how this plays out shortly.