January 10, 2018 | 12:25pm ET
NEW HURRICANES OWNER COULD MAKEOVER FRANCHISE
Justin Faulk, defenceman
The Carolina Hurricanes sale to billionaire Thomas Dundon could be finalized later this week, and once he takes over the franchise, the team could be in for an overhaul – and that’s a good thing, according to the Raleigh News & Observer’s Luke DeCock.
As DeCock reports, everything is up in the air – the team’s logo and colours, in-game experience, marketing, player and family experience, team travel conditions, ticket sales, hockey operations, merchandise, and more.
Once the sale to Dundon is official, for the first time in the club’s history since moving to Raleigh, a new vision will be behind every aspect of the organization.
Dundon's close relationship with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, of the NBA, may result in some similar behind-the-scenes changes, such as upgrading the team's locker room and guest facilities, but any facility changes would need to be approved by Centennial Authority, who overseas PNC Arena. The News & Observer reports any changes Dundon wants to make, and pay for, as it relates to the Hurricanes’ areas in the arena are likely to be easily signed off on.
With respect to hockey operations, there aren’t any expected changes to the roles of GM Ron Francis or head coach Bill Peters, and both will be given the opportunity to build their own relationships with Dundon.
Meanwhile, the Hurricanes may be in the running to host a future NHL Draft, while the News & Observer reports the club may even participate in games in Finland next season.