NHL News: Huge Changes for Carolina Hurricanes

After six years as the Carolina Hurricanes general manager, and 10 years in the organization, Don Waddell has issued his resignation, effective today. His contract was set to expire. 

Eric Tulsky, who joined the Hurricanes ten years ago and has served as an assistant GM since 2021, has been named the interim GM while the team looks for a permanent replacement.
The move was all Waddell's, according to reports, he was not forced out. He had already been granted permission to speak with other teams, and has apparently already had an interview with the Columbus Blue Jackets, according to insider Elliotte Friedman.

Waddell issued a statement, explaining that he felt it was time for him to move on.

“This morning, I spoke with Tom and informed him that I have come to the decision that now is the time for me to move to the next chapter of my career,” said Waddell. “I have loved my experiences in the Triangle over the past 10 years, and together with a strong team, on and off the ice, we have accomplished many great victories. I am grateful for the support I have received from so many loyal Caniacs. This organization is in strong, capable hands and well-positioned for the future.”

His time in Carolina can't be labeled as anything but a success. When he was hired as team president 10 years ago, the Hurricanes were averaging about 12,000 fans per night, had missed the playoffs the previous five years and were in dire straits financially.

Since he took over as GM in 2018, the Canes have made the playoffs six straight seasons and won eight series, making the Conference Finals twice. They've also sold out their last 67 consecutive home games.

He certainly leaves the franchise in a much better spot than he found it.

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