Ducks general manager Chris Amanteu is hoping that his late-game trade for former Carolina Panthers general manager David Poile is enough to prevent former team captain Chris Amadia from returning to the team.
But the team’s top executive says he will “do whatever it [is] we can to help” Amadea, who left the Panthers to become the general manager of the Ducks last season.
“I want to give him a chance, but we’re not going to be able to do that without him,” Amadeu said Thursday.
“So I’ll do what I can to make sure that happens.”
Amadee also said he hopes to see the Panthers continue to develop young players.
“I think that’s a big part of the culture of our organization.
We’re all about development.
We’ve got to develop players, and it’s a great time to be here.
So that’s what we’re going to focus on.”
Amadeo and the Ducks are one of the top teams in the NHL this season, and they won the Stanley Cup with Poile at the helm.
Amadeus’ departure was seen as a positive move by Poile, but some Ducks fans wondered why the GM didn’t make the move sooner.
Amadeus played his entire career in Carolina before retiring last spring.
He had been with the Panthers for 11 seasons.
Penguins owner Peter Karmanos said Amadeos departure was not a decision taken lightly.
“We did not make a decision that would preclude Chris Amades return, but the fact that it’s happened at this point does indicate that we don’t have that commitment to him,” Karmano said.
“But I know Chris would want to come back.
He would love to come here and play for us.
He’s an icon for our organization.”
Amades decision to leave the Panthers is a source of tension in the organization, with players, coaches and management expressing their frustrations.
Amades departure was the first major shake-up in the Panthers front office since the departure of president Dale Tallon last year.
In his first public comments about Amadeas departure, Panthers coach Todd Richards said that he didn’t know what was happening in the front office.
“It’s always a difficult situation to be in, because you’re in a different place, and you’re surrounded by different people, and things like that are always changing,” Richards said.
He said the players have been supportive.
“You’re surrounded, of course, by a lot of people, but you’re not getting to know the people that are in that room,” Richards added.
“When you’re out in public and you have to talk to the media and you can’t really do that because you’ve got other stuff going on, that’s tough.
I can’t say that we haven’t talked to him, but I can tell you that it hasn’t been easy for him.”