After a tumultuous off-season that’s brought plenty of off-ice change for the club, the Carolina Hurricanes are turning their attention to improving the on-ice product.
New general manager Don Waddell — who recently took over the top job after owner Tom Dundon’s highly publicized GM search ground to a halt — spoke to Steve Kouleas on the NHL Network’s Sirius XM radio show NHL Game Day on Wednesday, offering some insight into the front office’s thinking.
“We’ve had some players here that have been here for quite a few years — we know we need to make some change,” Waddell told Kouleas. “We’re looking at all those options as we speak right now to see which pieces make sense for us to move out, which ones we need to continue to build around.”
After finishing 14 points out of a post-season spot in 2017-18, sending the team into its ninth summer without playoff hockey, questions of potential changes have persisted. That conversation has most recently turned to longtime stalwarts like Jeff Skinner and Justin Faulk, who have both been with the organization since 2010.
Waddell addressed those rumours Wednesday, saying the team has received calls on both players but is still considering its options.
“We have to look at every position on our hockey team. We’ve gone nine years without making the playoffs and some guys have been here five, six, seven years,” Waddell said. “Not that they’re bad players — both [Skinner and Faulk] are some of our top players — so we want to make change, but when you make change you want to make sure you’re making the right change or making the right decision.
“[Skinner and Faulk] are guys certainly that people have called about. I …read more