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Andrei Svechnikov Making An Impression On Don Waddell

from ABC11 (Raleigh),

Things keep looking better and better for the Carolina Hurricanes - new owner, general manager, head coach, and this month, they have the second pick in the NHL Draft on June 22.

On Wednesday night, we caught up with Carolina Hurricanes General Manager Don Waddell and the team's top prospect for the 2018 NHL Draft, Andrei Svechnikov.

Most 18-year-olds have college on their minds but Svechnikov is trying to impress the Canes GM....

"These kinds of players don't come along that often," Waddell said. "That's why you have to be careful thinking about can we do better in the draft if we do something else. He's a special player and he could make a big impact and be a part of this progress as we move forward for a long time."

The Canes met Svechnikov at the NHL combine and then brought him to Raleigh to learn more about him as a person....

Waddell said if they are able to draft the Russian star, he will join the roster immediately.

more with videos....

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The Carolina Hurricanes Will Have Money To Build A Winner

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

The Canes have had one of the lowest payrolls in the league — at $59.2 million in 2017-18, Carolina ranked ahead of only the Coyotes.

But Waddell said Wednesday that Dundon will give him the financial resources needed to build a winner.

“I truly believe that,” he said. “I think if a free agent comes available who should make $4 million, we’re not going to pay him $6 million to get him. But if it makes sense, Tom is competitive. He wants to win.

“What I’ve learned about him everything is about winning. If there are opportunities there we will be able to take advantage of that.”

It’s not all about free agency. Dundon has mentioned shaking up the team after the Canes failed to reach the playoffs for a ninth straight season. That has Waddell working the phone, looking to make trades.


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As Expected, Rod Brind’Amour Will Be Named The Next Head Coach Of The Carolina Hurricanes


added 11:19am,

RALEIGH, NC – The Carolina Hurricanes today announced that the team has named Rod Brind’Amour as its head coach. The team also announced that Don Waddell will officially serve as president and general manager.  

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Arizona/Carolina Trade

GLENDALE, ARIZONA -Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations & General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have acquired center Marcus Kruger and a third-round draft choice in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for forward Jordan Martinook and a fourth-round draft choice in 2018.

"We are very pleased to add Marcus to the Coyotes," said Chayka. "Marcus is a solid, two-way center who is very responsible defensively and has good speed and skill. He's an excellent penalty-killer and will provide us with good depth at the center ice position." 

The 27-year-old Kruger registered 1-5-6 and 28 penalty minutes (PIM) in 48 games with the Hurricanes this season. The 6-foot, 186-pound native of Stockholm, Sweden has totaled 34-77-111 with 204 PIM in 446 career NHL games with the Chicago Blackhawks and Hurricanes. He helped Chicago win Stanley Cup championships in 2013 and 2015.

Kruger scored a career-high nine goals in 2011-12 and collected a career-best 28 points in 2013-14. He was originally drafted by the Blackhawks in the fifth round (149th overall) in the 2009 Entry Draft.

Martinook recorded 26-39-65 and 103 PIM in 247 career games with the Coyotes.

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Rick Dudley Named Senior Vice President Of Hockey Operations For The Carolina Hurricanes

RALEIGH, NC - The Carolina Hurricanes today announced that the team has hired Rick Dudley as senior vice president of hockey operations.

"Rick brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our management group," said Tom Dundon, Owner, CEO and Governor of the Hurricanes. "He has been a part of building championship teams on every level of professional hockey, and will play an important role in helping us build a winner in Raleigh."

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Carolina Hurricanes Terminate The Contract Of Ron Francis And Joe Nieuwendyk Resigns As Pro Scout

RALEIGH, NC - The Carolina Hurricanes today announced that the team has terminated the contract of President of Hockey Operations Ron Francis. Francis served as the team's executive vice president and general manager from April 24, 2014 until March 7, 2018.

The team also announced that Joe Nieuwendyk has resigned his position as pro scout and advisor.


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The Buffalo Sabes Will Have The First Pick In The 2018 NHL Entry Draft

1. Buffalo

2. Carolina

3. Montreal

added 10:36pm, If you missed part 2 of the lottery, watch it below.

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All Tom Dundon

Dundon joined Greg Wyshynski and Emily Kaplan on the latest episode of ESPN on Ice for a wide-ranging interview. Here are a few highlights.

On being a vocal owner:

"I've heard that new owners don't say much initially -- and not sure that's going to work for me."

On rumors that the Hurricanes have been lowballing GM and coaching candidates:

"If I thought that the money and the talent are one-to-one correlated, then I would spend the money. But I believe we can fit really talented people within our budget, and me looking at other people's determination of the market, in paying people -- it's not something I would ever do.

"If I can't find the person who is undervalued and give them the chance at a price I think is fair, and give them a chance to build their market value and build the team, then I might move to a different plan. But I do think it would be surprising if there were only 30 people in the world who could do these jobs. We're looking for the talent, not the résumé."


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Goodbye Bill Peters

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

Ah, the great moments of the Bill Peters era. There was … or … uh … yeah.

Really, it comes down to yapping at Eddie Lack from down the hallway last year – “make a (bleeping) save” – or his epic rant in February about how sending the same team out again would be “unacceptable” at which point the Carolina Hurricanes proceeded to send the same team out again for the next game. Never anything on the ice.

Peters spent four years with the Carolina Hurricanes, made some bad commercials for water-purification systems, never made the playoffs and exits with essentially the same record as his predecessor, Kirk Muller. Peters was a terrific tactician who never connected with his players. This season, they had clearly tuned him out by December. He should have been fired then.

Then again, if Scott Darling isn't grossly negligent in net, the Hurricanes are in the playoffs right now (or at least, would have been earlier this week) and Peters is still in charge.


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Bill Peters Resigns As The Head Coach In Carolina

RALEIGH, NC - The Carolina Hurricanes today announced that Head Coach Bill Peters has resigned his position. The team will immediately begin its search for a new head coach.  

"I have a lot of respect for Bill as a person and coach," said Owner/CEO/Governor Tom Dundon. "We thank him for his time with the Hurricanes and wish him success in whatever comes next."

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