- Jeff Gravley says that Rod Brind’Amour deserves the shot he’s been given to coach the Hurricanes. [WRALSportsFan (video)]
- Adam and Joe had plenty to say yesterday as well, both from the two of them (video) and from Justin Williams and John Forslund (both audio), both of whom were in favor of the move.
- Meanwhile, Luke DeCock says that Brind’Amour has earned the right to not be underestimated. [News and Observer]
- More from DeCock: it’s quite the motley crew that Tom Dundon has assembled in his front office. [News and Observer]
- Canes media relation maven Mike Sundheim has been with the team as long as Brind’Amour, and leaves no question that he thinks hiring the former captain is the right move. [Hurricanes]
- Sean Leahy is skeptical: “This has to work now.” [ProHockeyTalk]
- A few leftover Thrashers folks also offer their somewhat pessimistic takes:
Thoughts and prayers, Canes fans. Thoughts and prayers. I've lived this dream. https://t.co/iQklrRq6yt— Laura (@hildymac) May 8, 2018
Need something to cheer yourself up Carolina Hurricanes fans? I uploaded Rick Dudley's single "Natural Man" from his Cincinnati days. "I Don't Want to Cry" is probably more fitting but it's on my hard drive at home.https://t.co/lJhzUaZwjQ— Ben Wright (@BenWrightATL) May 8, 2018
Waddell was as bad as any GM in American pro sports not named Matt Millen. Hired the wrong coaches, drafted the wrong prospects, signed the wrong free agents, made the wrong trades. Not only kept his job the entire time the Thrashers existed, he actually got promoted.— Chuck Oliver (@kingcfb) May 8, 2018
They just discussed the new Hurricanes announcements during the FIN-NOR game. One announcer said, “Don Waddell was our GM at the Thrashers…”— Benjamin Reed (@RangerRick) May 8, 2018
He literally stopped with an audible pause and then decided not to finish the sentence.
- Meanwhile: Alex Semin is back in the KHL after spending a season in the Russian second tier.
After one season in 2nd Russian league Alex Semin returns to the KHL. pic.twitter.com/1XlfmdqH4a— KHL (@khl_eng) May 8, 2018
- After a scary-looking tumble into the boards, Martin Necas was back in the lineup for the Czech Republic none the worse for wear for the Czechs’ 5-4 shootout win over Switzerland.
Martin Necas back into the CZE lineup after an injury knocked him out of their previous game.— Corey Pronman (@coreypronman) May 8, 2018