The Carolina Hurricanes announced today that Rick Dudley was named as the senior vice president of hockey operations.
Dudley had the same position with the Montreal Canadiens, and general manager Marc Bergevin said in a statement that the position will not be filled.
Dudley’s contract was set to expire on June 30.
FYI Dudley's contract with Montreal was set to expire June 30...— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) May 1, 2018
The move apparently had to happen today because the Canadiens will be in amateur scouting meetings, and Dudley is obviously moving to the team that picks right ahead of the Canadiens in the upcoming NHL Draft.
There are no restrictions on Rick Dudley with Carolina. It was expected he might be leaving as conversations with Carolina were ongoing. Canes were given a deadline by Habs because Habs were starting amateur scouting meetings today. 1/2— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) May 1, 2018
Dudley was hired six years ago when Bergevin came on with the Canadiens as assistant general manager. He was promoted to Senior VP of hockey operations in the summer of 2014.
The remaining Canadiens hockey operations department includes Scott Mellanby, and Trevor Timmins as assistant GMs, Larry Carriere as general manager of the Laval Rocket, and Martin Lapointe as director of player personnel. Carriere is also involved in decisions at the NHL level.