Carolina Hurricanes General Manager Don Waddell resigns after ten years

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Saturday, May 25, 2024
Carolina Hurricanes GM, president resigns
"I have loved my experiences in the Triangle over the past 10 years."

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Carolina Hurricanes President and General Manager Don Waddell has resigned from his positions, the team announced Friday.

According to a press release, Eric Tulsky will fill in as interim general manager until the organization finds a permanent general manager. Darren Yorke will assist Tulsky while continuing in his role as assistant general manager.

In a statement, Waddell said:

"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."

The Columbus Blue Jackets are the only team with an active GM vacancy, and Waddell has been rumored to be among the candidates.

Waddell joined the Hurricanes as president in 2014, and he oversaw team business operations for the past ten seasons. Carolina won at least one round in the Stanley Cup Playoffs during his six seasons in charge of hockey operations.

Waddell was named the ninth general manager in franchise history in 2018. He previously worked as GM of the Atlanta Thrashers (1998-2010) and assistant general manager with the Detroit Red Wings (1997-98).

Tulsky has spent 10 seasons with the franchise, first as a consultant before holding roles such as hockey analyst, manager of hockey analytics and vice president of hockey management and strategy. He has worked as assistant GM since 2020, including oversight of pro scouting and the team's hockey information department and assisting in player-contract negotiations and salary cap compliance.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.