Waddell: 'We're excited to be ready to open training camp on Monday'
Don Waddell, President and GM for the Carolina Hurricanes, speaks about the Canes return to play.
do you need to record and you're finding out that you're not able? Then let me know. Just wait one more minute here and then, uh, get started. All right? We've hit three o'clock. So let's go ahead and get started on the turnover don for a quick statement, and then we'll open for questions. Afternoon. Everybody, obviously a lot happening in the hockey world here, most recently in the last 24 hours. And we're excited to be ready to open training camp on Monday. And with that, I will turn it open for questions. Can you talk about, um, the roster decisions, how you came to those, um, you know, including Ryan Suzuki on him, getting a chance to practice with you all. Well, I think with Ryan's cases, any time you could be around your coaches and your strength coach and all that, you know, we always tell, talked about teaching young players to be a pro and being around the big guys for this last period of time. Going into Phase three, I think it's really good for his development. Get a chance to work with our coaches on a 1 to 1 basis, and you know the roster is no were allowed to have. Ah, you know, 31 players air so going in the face for So we're just preparing for that. And just remember the roster that, you see, there might be some more names Add to that, but it's also ah, we're limited to how many guys we could take to the bubble butt. We will have 31 names on that list once we go to the bubble. Doesn't mean all the guys travel with you, but they'd be available if you ever get down that Don you listed record injured, obviously still recovering. What is his status? And is is he still someone that you think you might have a shot of getting into the lineup in face forward? Well, from what I understand and just got more information today from the doctor is ah, he probably would start skating toward the end of August with contact. So we got to make a decision here. Uh, I'm not sure it's gonna make sense, you know, if if we're gonna if he's gonna be ready sometime late September, and we're talking about as we all heard, the tenant of dates, right? now, uh, what the Stanley Cup playoffs would be. The word is gonna did this next couple days how things go and and even though we have to turn a roster and up until we go to Face Bore, we've been told we could make additions, subtractions and additions before that. So we probably got another three weeks before we have to make a technical. But you couldn't add him in once you go to face for right if he's not on and once you go to face for the only guys out for the guys, 31 players on your roster. But then it becomes a decision of Do you have a guy that might not play until September, In which case you gotta win a few rounds, right? Exactly. So we'll make that decision when we're talking about daily. But we got some time yet Make that Sir Donnelly seen some guys who's opted not to play on other teams of you. You have talks with anybody about that or have any concerns about that possibility. Uh, we've talked about it internally, but we don't think we have any concerns at this point. You know, the guys that have all been here face to our You know, we're working hard to prepare for this. So, um, if it would happen right now would be unexpected. Uh, so certainly you're aware of it. And we, uh we all know that everybody's looking at this situation differently. And our hope is that you are guys all stepped forward and move on to the bubble and try to win a cup Don, with your experiencing a leak, seeing how the players and owners and and all management had to work together. How how do you have you seen the process coming from the players in terms of there commitment and their let's say excitement or, you know, willingness to make sure this works for everybody involved. Yeah. No, I think, Ah, you know, if we're talking not about the c b A. Just about the you know, the players had huge input of how we're going to move forward, the not only face to face three and face for the The Union's been very, very involved. Ah, with the league making joint decisions. So you know that's encouraging because you don't want to do something that it is look negatively on from the players are mad and from coaches and management. So I think everybody working together, you know, having we're in a different time, as we know, and for them to be able to work not only in to pull this off but also to pull off the CB extension at the same time really looks like they've Ah, uh, no. Put all the ah things aside that's happened in the past and said, You know what makes best sense for the game Hockey as we speak today, Mr What kind of a two part question. Here I was one. If you kind of explain over the next two weeks what the protocol will be for players as faras practice, Um, you know, locker room, What kind of safety precautions. And I guess the second question would be What do you tell them over the next few weeks? Try to limit their exposure because they're going back home, and it might be with their families and such? Yeah, they're gonna get a speech on Monday morning about you know, we're all this thing together. And, you know, the first of protocols are right now we're testing every other day. Uh, You know, we have cleaning crews. You know, as you guys are working out. Go right in there. Sanitize everything. Um, are trainers Aaron Bill birth there? Uh, strength coach, Really taking this thing to heart and really on top of it. Your eyes. You might know we have a hygienist that meets all the players at the door before they come, Come in the locker room that do temperature checks, answer a bunch of questions. And then, obviously, then they're allowed in the locker room, Master mandatory by all the staff. Anybody around the locker room. It's not working out or going on the ice. Everybody's in a mask, which I know is just another caution to take. So I think we're doing everything that we possibly can do. What we tell the players is Let's be smart. We're in this thing together. Uh, Justin Williams said it the other day. I read his interview, uh, where you know, we're gonna be as good as our our weakest link. So, you know, one guy walks in that locker room with that, and there's a day between testing or something like that. You just don't know how many people can affect, So I think it's important. I know right now I've talked a lot of players. They really have done a good job of taking care of themselves. And, uh, you know, again on Monday we have our first meeting with them. Rod and I are going to stress the importance of just being smart social distancia wearing masks. Take off. Food is good. Ah, uncooked food is good. So let's do the things that's not doing that. We got enough obstacles to try to win. You know, it's hard to win. Ah, Stanley Cup, Of course. So let's keep ourselves in the best position to be able to do that. God, huh? Can you speak to the two additions that you guys made today in? Ah, Peter, Harold and Mike Maresca. Yeah, we made a decision to, uh, move back, asked our previous, uh, massage therapist. So we hired Mike today. He's, ah, member of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Uh, you worked there America Lee team in Syracuse. Uh, we interviewed him, Got real comfortable, That young guy that could do a good job for us. So and we thought it was important to have a massage therapists as we move into these faces. Peter heralds an ex player that spent it lives in the area here. He's been doing a lot of training, that skills with a lot of different levels of players, including NHL players. Uh, we just thought, you know, we have to really good skills people in Tim Gleason and Sergei Sampson off that this would just be in addition to it. And Peter is going to a lot more stop for me in the office here. A lot of video scouting, watching players for us. Eso we just thought it made sense. They had Peter to our staff on with the A finalized. You have a better idea of where the you and Tom have a better idea of where things are financially going forward? And how does that impact any ongoing negotiations you have with people you still haven't signed? Yeah, I know. We all know the caps gonna be flat at 81 a half $1,000,000. And right now we have ah, make six or $7 million under the cap, too. We have ah, who restricted free agents and Fleury and and, uh um, vocal that, uh, need to get signed, we'll get signed and then we'll see what else is out there, you know, and who knows, You know, we really feel good about the assets we have here. And, you know, again, as I said before you, if you're something out there that makes a lot of sense for us, we'll pursue it and and also follow up. What about get where I'm negotiations going on that aren't on the ice with John Forslund and and, ah, and staff. So everybody's done at 16 contracts get done, they all get done. You know, John and I spoke again yesterday. We've left the door open. You know, John's got an opportunity right now with all the playoff games being in in the Hub cities to do a lot of work for NBC. And obviously, you know, John one the best call players. You know, callers in the game. We've always said this isn't about John and his work. And so we looked at that yesterday that he's gonna go do all the game for NBC and then ah, we're not shutting the door, that's for sure. He's, I think, for us. Hey, Don, Thanks for taking out time for us real quick. I was just hoping you could give us your insight on the CD. A extension, how relieved you are that both sides were able to come to an agreement on this, especially with all the obstacles that you guys had to go through, You know, to come to this agreement, your thoughts on that? Yeah. You know, it's been proven you'll we have two years left on the C B A. And any time you can't labor peace, I think that sits very well for all of us. Including including our fans. You know, we were through it in 04 or five and 11 and 12 that we want to go through that again. Uh, I truly believe that the union and the league were target this to get this point this quickly. You know, this talks really started last September when there was re openers by both sides and they decide not to reopen it, but to decide they made a commitment that continue to talk to each other. So the talks been going on, Um uh, for this whole year and to be able to put together right now. No, I think the C b A when you have cost, certainly as we have. Ah, the true 50 50 partnership and the extension of C B. A, you know, really senses up really going forward for our business side of ah, you know? Well, no, we have international TV rights coming up another year in the US anyway, so we have a lot of positives going, and this is one more thing that we just don't have occupied. Can you clarify the conditions on the draft pick in that same me baton in trade with the fact that the regular season is done and he won't have played any regular season games, is it? Do you guys owe them a draft picker? We don't believe we do. It's gonna be talked about here, uh, next couple weeks because you know, the regular season is officially canceled and even play any games for us. So it's an ongoing discussion. We've talked about it this weekend with league, and, you know, we wanted to get all this stuff that's happening the last 24 hours out there, and they said the next couple weeks they're gonna make a commitment. There's, like, 24 trades that I believe that they have to address that. Ours is one of on the circle back to questions to circle back on. Pesci is skating with contacts in late August. Is that sort of on track for him? Or is he you know, Was that the original call? Why was it is the first week of September Will be six months, usually start skating. I wouldn't say skating with contact in August, I'd say skating late August early September, and then you're probably on the ice for a couple weeks before you start having contact. So no, under the current guidelines were all right, now, time is not on our side, you know, knowing that you know who knows what's gonna happen. So, um, you know, we're just gonna keep our options open on the 2nd 1 Part of the C B. A is obviously a return to the Olympics, and you have some experience with working with United with USA Hockey. And for a while there it looked like there is no way the league would want to go back to the Olympics. But obviously it was a concession made. Were you surprised? What do you think about the return to the Olympics. I always do that. The players wanted to go. Um, you know, we've always heard that. And I kind of joke. I don't know if it's the players that always want to go where the players want 2.5 week vacation during the season. So it's always funny when they get the boat. There's or 500 players that want to go to the Olympics. There's only 100 players that go. So it's kind of interesting that would. But, uh, you know, to me, you know, being a part of it, the Olympics are, uh it's a great event. Your I can't knock it all, um, unfortunate thing for NHL teams and clubs know that time frame is a timeframe and we're not competing with other major league sports other than the MBA and not having n b a team here, you know, college is all done. NFL is done. It's just a tough from a business standpoint to shut down for 2 to 3 weeks special going to Beijing, and then I think those 26 is in Italy. But you know, again, you know when you do negotiations you have given given take. It's not a definite because as commissioner Bettman, I said, You know, there's still other obstacles that they have to be with me. I a Japanese IOC that have to be, um, it's gotta be, uh, options are just negotiations of how they're going to deal with the NHL and the NHL player. So, no, it's not a slam dunk. But it is something that players wanted. So are the negotiations. Do you like the idea playing into up cities a supposed the n b A. Playing in one or then they'll be playing on their home ballparks. Yeah, I know. I think the way the NHL's taken this, I really have to believe that, you know, putting 24 teams in one city. If I know the n b. A. Is doing it here, the few complaints about it, But, uh, I think separating. I think you can really do what you want to do, and that's ah, really provide as much safety as possible. Both cities, obviously in Canada, are cities that don't have a lot of outbreak of our virus. I think it be contained a lot better when you're talking about 12 teams versus 24. Um, what? I like to see a Stanley Cup playoffs be played in the home cities Apostle. Of course I would those two teams, but I think any child, the way they did it in time, they took to really, You know, for a long time, everybody kept here in Vegas and other cities, and the NHL took as much time as they possibly could to really understand what? What city could provide the best options for the teams and the lowest virus cases. So I think the angel did a good job. And I think these two cities are gonna work. Great. Not any object from the gel affiliation agreement. Ah, not nothing official yet. We're still ah, in talks. Obviously, the last couple weeks I haven't called next week on it. Last couple weeks has been more of the NHL team, but, uh, we're hoping to have something that's short period time, darling, I think adopting sensing in a draft lottery. But what are your thoughts? Will place older team taking the number one well keeps. It keeps it interesting, that's for sure. It's ah, you know, it's Ah, that whole draft thing was an interesting night to watch because, ah, you know, I knew right away when you know the way the draft was going at one of the teams is getting the top three picks and know that one of tombs gonna get topic. So, um, you know, it's for somebody that, you know there's going to be a team, so there's no definite eight teams Teoh 12.5% chance you're going to get that pick. I don't think any team it's going in the same. We should lose to be available for that pick first ball Players and coaches don't care about the pick they want. They want to win hockey games. In my case, I want to win hockey games, too. But I think it's an opportunity that one of these teams to get obviously the best player in this year's draft. Don You had a Aaron Morgan Geeky units, Two games made quite a stir, what he was able to do and who knows what he would have been able to do with the season. Not caused. Um, what are your thoughts on him as you go in? He's on your roster now, uh, you know, in his opportunity What kind of opportunity doesn't present to himself here? Is he gonna be a player for you guys? You think I believe? Start for sure. I think he showed us that this past year in the American League. And when he came up here, you're not gonna measure career in a few games. But, um, you know, when we made the trade deadline, we made a trade. We traded away a couple of our center men there. Ah, he fills a nice void for us. So I think, uh, organs and they had a great chance here with us. I'm assuming, uh, you'll get chance player out to bat. Something happens he doesn't issue is not gonna hurt his future cause he's a young kid. That's got a bright future in front of him. But now we're excited for Morgan. Excited that organs part of our organization Don You guys have struggled against the Rangers this season? Um, is that still on the teams teams mind or with a long hiatuses? That'll for gotten? I think it's for gotten, You know, if you look at the games, they're all very close game something. We got shut out by Lundquist one night are building. I think we have 50 some shots on them. So, you know, with everything that's happened, you know we're not. That's not even a talking point for us. It's let's prepare anyway. Riding Coach is right. He doesn't care about them. Uh, the, uh respects the opponent, but he focuses on what we need to do to win hockey games. And that's why he's always coach since he's been here. And that's what he's gonna continue to coach. No, If we play the game that we want to play, I think the results will be different than they were in direct. Get a dime. One more question. With the readjustment of the schedule and everything that's going on, will this affect the outdoor game in any way? Do you know anything yet? We don't get, uh, but my thinking would be that it would probably get pushed back. Um, if anything. Ah, we Another thing that Steve Mayor and I talked about a few weeks ago that we would revisit once we get all this because he has been busy trying to get these hub cities all up and running and TV and everything, so we'll revisit it here in the next few weeks. But my hope would be that we keep it and push it back. Ah, you know, it looks like a season. We know that she's going to start later as it is, so we'll have more time on our side. You know, there's a lot of planning and a lot of the plan that probably should be done by now hasn't been able to happen due to the outbreak, so I still believe we'll have it. It's just a matter of, but probably wouldn't be that big. All right, good. Thanks, everybody, for joining us. Thank you, Don, for your time and we'll see everybody soon. Right? Thank you, everybody. Thank you. Like Mike. Thanks, guys. Thanks.