Trades coming for the Hurricanes?

Rutherford indicated Monday that trades and other transactions will be coming, noting, “Things are starting to open up now as far as moving players.”

“It’s not like we’re giving up on the second half, but there are some players we are developing who are closer to playing here,” he said. “We won’t just move someone out just to move someone out. We will try to build assets, whether it’s trading for a player or for drafts picks or getting a spot open for a player from Albany.”

Because of injuries to forwards Scott Walker and Sergei Samsonov, the Hurricanes recalled Zach Boychuk and Jiri Tlusty from the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League for the Rangers game Saturday. Rutherford said both had “good games” in the victory, although both were returned to the Rats.

Walker, who suffered an upper-body injury in a loss to the Rangers on New Year’s Eve, is expected to have surgery today and be out for about a month, Rutherford said. Samsonov, listed as “day-to-day,” could return this week.

Forwards Erik Cole and Chad LaRose also are close to rejoining the lineup after being sidelined with upper-body injuries. Corvo did some light skating and shooting Monday before practice, but his return date is uncertain.

As for the Hurricanes’ first-half woes, the warning signs were there from the start.

In the season-opener, at the RBC Center, the Canes were shut out 2-0 by Ray Emery and the Philadelphia Flyers, going 0-for-8 on the power play and picking up 29 penalty minutes.

In the second game, at Boston, the Canes were hammered 7-2 by the Bruins, were 1-for-10 on the power play and had 44 penalty minutes. Late in the game, Cole broke a bone in a leg and was out of 19 games