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Carolina Hurricanes president and general manager Don Waddell, 65, has received permission to talk to other teams, and interviewed with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday for their vacant GM job.

Waddell’s contract is expiring.  He is a native Detroiter and was once a Detroit Red Wings assistant GM. Waddell still owns a home in Michigan’s Irish Hills and a move to Columbus gets him within driving distance of Michigan.

 

TSN’s Pierre LeBrun broke the story, noting that the Hurricanes are operating as if they know Waddell is leaving. Waddell’s teams have qualified for the playoffs six consecutive seasons, reaching the Conference Finals twice.

The Blue Jackets have missed the playoffs for the past four seasons, and have only made it to the second round once in franchise history. The Blue Jackets joined the NHL in 2000-01

 

 

Former Red Wings player Ville Leino owns a design company that created apparel for Team Finland at the World Championships.

McKeen’s Hockey ranked the Detroit Red Wings prospect pool as No. 1 among all NHL teams. Simon Edvinsson is listed as Detroit’s No. 1 prospect. Nate Danielson is No. 2.

The Grand Rapids Griffins have to beat the Milwaukee Admirals tonight to avoid AHL playoff elimination. They lost Game 4 by a 3-2 overtime decision.

Red Wings Offseason

Red Wings defenseman Jeff Petry and prospect goalie Trey Augustine are now beginning their offseason after USA lost to Czechia 1-0 in the quarterfinal round of the World Championships. Augustine didn’t dress for the game, while Petry played 12:43 minutes Coach Derek Lalonde was also an assistant coach for the U.S. squad. Meanwhile, Lucas Raymond’s Team Sweden downed Olli Maatta’s Team Finland 2-1 in overtime in their quarterfinal. While Maatta goes home, Raymond’s Sweden will play Czechia in the semifinal.

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Nashville: NHN assesses how the Predators should replace Ryan McDonagh on the blue line. Nashville Predators.

Pittsburgh: Believe it or not, the Penguins have some quality prospects. Dan Kingerski explores which prospects have a chance of making the Penguins roster in 2024-25. Pittsburgh Penguins.