Hurricanes ink GM Don Waddell to multi-year contract extension

Carolina Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell. (Gerry Broome/AP)

General manager Don Waddell signed a three-year contract extension with the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday after the team reached the Eastern Conference final last season.

“Don’s leadership and experience are invaluable to our organization and I’m happy we were able reach an extension,” Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon said in the team’s press release. “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.

Under Waddell’s guidance, Carolina reached the playoffs for the first time in a decade — a thrilling run all the way to the Eastern Conference Final. The club’s success earned the veteran NHL executive a nod as one of three finalists for the 2018-19 GM of the Year Award.

“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.”

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