Carolina Hurricanes Announce Promotions for Rod Brind'Amour, Don Waddell

By Kyle Morrison on May 8, 2018 at 1:55 pm
Rod Brind'Amour won a Stanley Cup as the captain of the Carolina Hurricanes. He'll now look to do the same behind their bench.
USA Today – James Guillory

So much for Tom Dundon's "major shakeup."

The newly-minted Carolina Hurricanes owner strongly suggested that new faces would be in charge in Carolina after promoting-then-ousting GM Ron Francis and watching coach Bill Peters exercise the exit clause on his contract. 

Well, those positions have been filled, but not with exciting new faces like Dundon promised.

Rod Brind'Amour, a franchise legend and former captain for the Hurricanes, will now serve as the team's head coach. He's been with the franchise in one form or another since 1999, first as a player, then in player development and as an assistant coach for the last seven years. 

Meanwhile – in a classic case of "burying the lede" – the Hurricanes also announced that  Don Waddell will serve as president and general manager. It's not his first stint as a general manager – and he served in that role for the Atlanta Thrashers for more than a decade. For the last four years, he has served as the president of Gale Force Sports and Entertainment, the Hurricanes' parent company. The tweet announcing his promotion(?) was less celebratory than Brind'Amour's. 

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Source: @NHLCanes