Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/19/06 at 01:30 PM ET
The departure of the Thrashers' former director of player personnel indicates how tenuous general manager Don Waddell's tenure is with training camp looming less than a month away. Waddell, the only general manager in franchise history (since June 1998), has not gotten the Thrashers into the playoffs in six seasons, the longest current drought in the NHL. In fact, Waddell, whose contract was recently extended through the 2007-08 season, is the only member of the team's front office whose deal does not expire at the end of this season — including coach Bob Hartley. "You know the situation with Bob right now," Waddell said of Hartley. "Because Bob can't get a multiyear contract and we're on very good terms [that puts me in an awkward position]." Waddell was asked if he thinks ownership could make wholesale changes if the team does not perform up to expectations this season. "Absolutely, we're all under the microscope," he said...more (reg. req.)
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