The new owner wants to change the team culture and is off to a running start in firing former GM Ron Francis. Bill Peters is gone to Calgary and Rod Brind'Amore and Don Waddell have been installed as the new coach and GM. Although as a hockey fan, I feel Francis did a great job building a solid foundation of defensive prospects, ie: Fleury, Bean, Hanifin and offensive prospects in Gauthier and Necas, he didn't do enough placing a competitive team on the ice. Questionable signings in Darling and Kruger, and a good signing in Williams proved not to be a recipe for playoff success, again.
Other than Aho, TT, Slavin, and Jordan Staal, the Skinner and Faulk's of the team struggled mightily throughout the season. So are changes coming? I hope so as promised by Dundon. First off I can't see Ryan, Nordstrom or Stempniak being resigned. The NHL is a speed game nowadays and none of these guys provided that. Scoring is needed also, so more of an argument that these three didn't provide enough of.
Skinner, Rask and Faulk will be presumably shopped in trade talks. If the right return is given, one or all three may be wearing different jerseys next year. What to do with goaltending situation ? Since there is slim pickings on the free agent scene, your guess is as good as mine. I can only hope Wadell and Dundon can entice a few good free agents to come and play here in Carolina. Mix that with the luck of drawing the #2 pick and more playing time ( the Vegas example) you have to be optimistic.
Only time will tell, but a change was needed in Carolina. Dundon will have his work cut out for him, but its time to be aggressive and place a hungry & competitive team on the ice. What to do you see the team looking like in 2018-19.......