Two-time Cup winner replaces Stefan, who will coach OHL team
Barrasso, an 18-year veteran who won the Stanley Cup twice with Pittsburgh in the 1990s, will coach the club's NHL-level goalies while also serving as director of goalie development, a position he took this fall, working with prospects in the Hurricanes' system.
Barrasso is not far-removed from his playing days. His last season in net was 2002-03, when he played six games with the St. Louis Blues before retiring. He played the 2001-02 season with the Hurricanes, going 13-12-5 (.906 GAA).
The Whalers, based in Michigan, are owned by Peter Karmanos, who also owns the Hurricanes. Stefan moved to Raleigh full-time this season to be an assistant coach, but his family remained in Detroit, according to the Raleigh News and Observer. Stefan had been an assistant with the Whalers, and also served as the player development coach and a TV analyst.
The Hurricanes also assigned left wing Andrew Ladd to the AHL affiliate in Albany on Tuesday. Ladd will join Albany for a four-game conditioning assignment. The 21-year-old forward missed 16 games after injuring an ankle in the third game of the season and returned Nov. 16 at Atlanta. "This is an important conditioning period for Andrew," general manager Jim Rutherford said. "Since returning from his injury, he hasn't seen enough ice time to get back to where he was at the beginning of the season."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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