Hurricanes agree to multi-year extension with GM Don Waddell
- The Carolina Hurricanes have signed team president and general manager Don Waddell to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced Monday.
“Don’s leadership and experience are invaluable to our organization and I’m happy we were able to reach an extension,” owner Tom Dundon said. “Don and I have a great relationship and he is someone I trust. I’m excited to continue to build a championship team with Don.”
- Waddell has been with the Hurricanes organization since 2014, first serving as president of Gale Force Sports & Entertainment.
- He replaced Ron Francis as GM in March 2018 on an interim basis before taking over as the club’s ninth GM two months later.
“I’m thrilled to sign an extension with the Hurricanes and I look forward to continuing the success we experienced last season,” Waddell said in the press release. “We have a first-class organization, a great fanbase and a team we feel is built to contend for the Stanley Cup. My family and I are excited to stay in Raleigh for years to come.”
- The 60-year-old Waddell had been mentioned as a candidate for the Minnesota Wild’s GM vacancy.
“Yeah, I expect Don to be the GM of the team for a while,” Dundon said.
“To me, he’s employed by the Carolina Hurricanes. 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.'”
- He has been with the organization since 2014, and the Hurricanes made their first playoff appearance in a decade during his first season as the team’s full-time GM
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