Carolina Hurricanes close to trading Niclas Wallin, and San Jose could be destin

By David Pollak

San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson hits the road, but with trades in mind

Wallin trade is close, and Sharks may be recipientST. LOUIS — The general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes told the Raleigh News Observer on Thursday that a deal was pending for veteran defenseman Niclas Wallin that should be announced within 24 hours.

General manager Jim Rutherford did not identify the other team involved, but other reports have been saying that Wallin will be coming to the Sharks.

Wallin, 34, was a healthy scratch Wednesday night when Carolina played in Calgary. That fueled speculation that a deal was imminent following earlier reports that he had been asked to waive his no-trade clause and approve a deal to San Jose.

“There is nothing new on the trade front,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said Wednesday night when asked about the latest reports. Attempts to reach him Thursday were unsuccessful. Wilson has acknowledged he is exploring the trade market, but he does not respond to inquiries on specific players because of league tampering rules. He also will not discuss any deals until the required paperwork is accepted by the NHL’s front office.

If Wallin does become a Shark, it will double the number of Swedish players on the roster. For now, Douglas Murray is the lone Swede in the lineup.

Murray said Thursday morning he had not talked with Wallin over the past few days.

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