Canes vets uneasy with trade chatter

Bryan Allen at least has some control over his situation. He had to waive his no-trade clause to come to the Carolina Hurricanes at the trade deadline in 2011 and he’ll have to waive it again if the Hurricanes try to trade him at the trade deadline in 2012.

Still, Allen knows, with each passing loss, that it becomes more likely he’ll be asked.

“I don’t think anyone likes to be traded, or wants to be traded, or even be in a situation where a team is talking about who might be traded,” Allen said. “When you’re winning, when you’re in a playoff spot, those things don’t happen. When you’re not where you want to be as a team, of course it’s going to happen.”

The veteran defenseman is one of several Carolina players whose contracts expire in the offseason, which makes them attractive to contending teams looking for late-season reinforcements. Tim Gleason is perhaps the most marketable defenseman on the market. Tuomo Ruutu ranks among the top forwards available. There may be interest in Alexei Ponikarovsky and Jaroslav Spacek as well.

The NHL trade deadline is Feb. 27, a date that may seem like a long time away, but with each passing loss, comes closer and closer. Shrewd contenders already have made their shopping lists, as the Hurricanes did in 2006 when they beat the rest of the NHL to Doug Weight on Jan. 30.

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