Category Archives: Carolina Hurricanes
Francis said, “I’m always open to anything that will make our team better.” Like nearly all GMs in February, he has been working the phone, although he has a lot more salary-cap flexibility than a lot of other GMs.
Given the defensive depth in the organization, Francis might look to deal a defenseman, if the trade makes sense. There are teams desperate for defensive help and might be willing to part with a top-six forward who could help the Canes.
If the Canes struggle in the homestand, Francis also might go in the other direction — perhaps look to deal some of the Canes’ pending unrestricted free agents.
Not official by any means, but I believe CAR will receive two 2nd-round picks and quite possibly Finnish prospect Aleksi Saarela. #TSN
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 28, 2016
Lots to think about when it comes to deciding on how to handle the Eric Staal situation.
Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving: He wants badly to be active and is willing to accept he hasn’t got a playoff team this spring. Teams are calling about veteran forward Jiri Hudler, who is an unrestricted free agent, along with defenceman Kris Russell. There was talk the Flames were going to re-sign Russell but the word is the two sides aren’t close to a deal but he could fetch north of $5 million on the open market and Calgary may not pay that out. Some wonder if Treliving will be able to get a goalie at this deadline.
Gorton has the duty to bolster his team if he can. The Rangers may be fifth in the league in goals per game and 13th in goals against average (the latter stat skewed by dreadful penalty killing), but their biggest need remains the same as it was through the last two springtimes. They need a formidable, physical top-six winger who will bring a presence to the down-low, grinding game and to the power play.
And Eric Staal is that player.
— Andy Strickland (@andystrickland) February 11, 2016
As for staying alive in the playoffs, I still think they need a little more depth at forward. If they can somehow land a top-six forward, preferably a left wing (I might be alone on this, but I think Kris Versteeg is a really intriguing option who can fit right in), that would allow Andrew Shaw to move back to his more traditional role on the third or fourth line.
Cox discussed Eric Staal’s situation in Carolina, saying that he’s been in a kind of limbo waiting to see if his time with the Hurricanes is finally up. Staal is a UFA at the end of this season. His agent will reportedly have a meeting with Hurricanes brass some time next week.
The uncertainty, Eric Staal admits, has weighed upon him more than he has let on at times. It isn’t just about playing out the final year of his contract without knowing what comes next. As a player, he can deal with that. As a husband and father and brother, it gets a little tougher.
Is a swap for a Staal and a Kessel good for both teams and both players?
Carolina likely to deal ufa’s Andrej Sekera, Tim Gleason and forwards Jiri Tlusty, Jay McClement and Pat Dwyer.
Islanders’ Needs At Trade Deadline – By Katie Strang | ESPN.com – Pending unrestricted free agents Daniel Winnik (Toronto) and Erik Condra (Ottawa) are both versatile and cost-effective.
Read the article here
Pending UFA forwards Jiri Tlusty and Jay McClement haven't been able to come to terms with CAR on extensions, so they're likely to be dealt.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 13, 2015