Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Category: Carolina-Hurricanes

The Latest On Don Waddell And The Carolina Hurricanes

from Tom Gulitti of NHL.com,

Don Waddell doesn't have a contract with the Carolina Hurricanes, but owner Tom Dundon believes the general manager will remain in his current role.

"Yeah, I expect Don to be the GM of the team for a while," Dundon said Wednesday.

The twist is Waddell's contract with the Hurricanes expired June 30. Dundon said Waddell, who recently interviewed to be the next GM of the Minnesota Wild, has continued to work for Carolina under the terms of his expired contract. Dundon hopes their business relationship will continue that way.

"To me, he's employed by the Carolina Hurricanes," Dundon said. "He's employed and he's not going anywhere as far as I'm concerned. So the whole contract thing, I don't understand it. … I have found this weird since I got into the hockey business that the business people all have contracts. I never had contracts with the people that worked for me. It was just, 'If you do a good job (and) I like you, you'll work here, and I'll treat you fair.'


Filed in: NHL Teams, Carolina Hurricanes, | KK Hockey | Permalink

What’s Going On With Don Waddell And The Carolina Hurricanes?

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

The general manager and team president doesn’t have a contract and interviewed for another job. Two assistant general managers and several scouts left and were not replaced. The goalie coach was allowed to leave and a new one hasn’t been hired with a month to go until training camp.

Over the course of a summer where the Carolina Hurricanes have done solid business to upgrade their roster, their front office has already seen a considerable exodus. If Don Waddell departs the Hurricanes -- the out-of-contract president and GM interviewed for the Minnesota Wild vacancy on Monday -- it would not only be unprecedented, but leave the Hurricanes rudderless at a moment when they desperately need to capitalize on the momentum of last spring’s playoff run....

“Even if he had a contract I would let him interview, so what’s the difference?” Dundon said Tuesday. “It’s not going to stop somebody from doing whatever’s better for them. If they’re going to pay somebody more money, I’m not going to stop them. I told him he’s got to do what’s best for him.”

Efforts to reach Waddell for comment Tuesday were unsuccessful.

For everything Dundon has done with the franchise, enabling everything from the “Bunch of Jerks” marketing to the turnaround on the ice that got as far as the conference finals, it’s curious how the general manager position has become, and remains, an unusual source of controversy and consternation.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Carolina Hurricanes, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: don+waddell

Season Preview For The Carolina Hurricanes

from Tom Gulitti of NHL.com,

The Carolina Hurricanes will try to prove that reaching the Eastern Conference Final last season wasn't a fluke.

The Hurricanes surprised many -- if not themselves -- by qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2009, eliminating the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals in seven games in the Eastern Conference First Round and sweeping the New York Islanders in the second round before getting swept by the Boston Bruins in the conference final. Proud but unsatisfied, they quickly began looking ahead to what they had to do to get back to that point, and beyond, this season.

"For sure, we don't want to be a one-and-done team," Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell said.


Below, watch the preview on the Canes.  They're currently +3,000 to win the 2020 Stanley Cup.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Carolina Hurricanes, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Waiting On Justin Williams

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

It has been a mostly successful offseason for the Hurricanes, who have avoided pitfalls -- Aho’s contract and the goalie situation -- while addressing weaknesses with Haula and Dzingel.

But only mostly.

Their summer won’t be an unqualified success until they get an answer from Justin Williams, with the captain still deliberating whether to come back for another season or retire.

The expectation within the team is that Williams will return, but no one but Williams really knows what he’ll do, and even he apparently doesn’t know yet. (He declined to comment via text message Friday.)

The Hurricanes need Williams back, perhaps less for what he does on the ice than what he does in the dressing room. The culture and atmosphere Williams and Rod Brind’Amour constructed from scratch last season is a fragile thing that needs tending and nurturing. Even in a reduced on-ice role at age 37, no one is better equipped to finish the job than Williams.

His presence is absolutely vital for the Hurricanes to have a chance to continue their ascent, and Williams is more than capable of doing that in a reduced role.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Carolina Hurricanes, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: justin+williams

Afternoon Line- Brendan Kelly On The Sebastian Aho Offer Sheet By The Canadiens

In the end, there are only two options. Either they thought Carolina would crumble under the weight of this offer, in which case the Habs managers are out of it. Or they orchestrated the whole ploy as a distraction. Neither scenario is particularly encouraging.

-Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette where you can read more on this.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Carolina Hurricanes, Montreal Canadiens, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: sebastian+aho

Carolina Hurricanes Will Match Aho Offer Sheet

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

The Carolina Hurricanes will match the offer sheet made Monday to center Sebastian Aho by the Montreal Canadiens, Canes owner Tom Dundon said Tuesday.

Dundon said an announcement would be made Tuesday.

Of his reaction to the offer sheet, Dundon, said, “We’re surprised. We love the player and we’re happy to have this done. And surprised something would have thought this would work.”


added 12:24pm,


Filed in: NHL Teams, Carolina Hurricanes, Montreal Canadiens, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Good Move Montreal

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gaette,

By now you probably know the details of the offer the Canadiens made to Aho — an offer, as Bergevin repeatedly emphasized, that was accepted by Aho and his advisers. The young man wants to play in Montreal, which isn’t always the case....

The key is the $21 million the Canadiens will shell out the first year if the Hurricanes choose not to match. That is clearly the wager Bergevin and owner Geoff Molson are laying down: they’re gambling that Dundon will choose not to match. Even billionaires don’t have $21 million lying around. It’s conceivable that Molson knows that Dundon is fully extended and would have to do some juggling to match. Most of the talking heads were saying immediately that the Hurricanes would definitely match. Perhaps they will. But it may not be as obvious or as definite as they think.

Whatever the financial background, there’s little doubt that Aho is worth the risk. He would be a wonderful addition to this young Canadiens team. Tricky, fluid, smart, tough enough to excel in the playoffs and (as Bergevin said Monday) “a player who makes the guys around him better.”


Filed in: NHL Teams, Carolina Hurricanes, Montreal Canadiens, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Looks Like Petr Mrazek Will Stay In Carolina


added 5:58pm, Carolina release is below.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Carolina Hurricanes, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Offer Sheet Alert


added 2:50pm,


added 3:08pm,

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Carolina Hurricanes, Montreal Canadiens, | KK Hockey | Permalink

James Reimer Headed To Carolina


added 12:05pm, Carolina release is below.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: james+reimer

« Previous        < 1 2 3 4 >  Last ›      Next »

About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com


Most Recent Blog Posts