Martin Necas’ father shocks by leaking son’s desire to be traded ASAP

Martin Necas’ father shocks by leaking son’s desire to be traded ASAP

This would lead to a sign-and-trade:

Chris Gosselin

The Carolina Hurricanes saw their season come to an end in the second round at the hands of the New York Rangers last week, and though some positive has emerged from Raleigh with head coach Rod Brind’Amour’s contract extension, not everything is rosy.

Forward Martin Necas might be in the prime of his career, he is more than likely already out on his way out of Carolina, especially after his father revealed to the world that his son was looking for a trade. In an interview back home in Czechia, Necas’s father explained how his son would like to play somewhere other than Carolina, on a first line and on the first power play.

That’s because coach Brind’Amour never used Necas in such a way, stapling him to the right wing for much of his past five seasons with the Canes. Necas has still put up impressive numbers in Carolina, leading the team in scoring in 2022-23 with 28 goals and 71 points, while recording 24 tallies this season with a total of 53 points.

Necas is a restricted free agent with arbitration rights this offseason as his two-year, $6 million bridge deal comes to an end, and Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman has already hinted at a change of scenery for the 25-year-old forward.

“Necas, I have believed for some time that one just probably won’t work out there,” Friedman said. “I just don’t think that they’re going to do what Necas wants to do.”

Nor are the Canes going to simply act upon Necas’ father’s requests.

General manager Don Waddell did not mince his words when reacting to the father’s comments on what should happen next with his son. The GM simply acknowledged that while he enjoys talking to his players’ parents, he refused to chat about contracts and trades. When it comes to Necas, Waddell stated that he is a talented player that he does not necessarily want to part with and would need to look at returns and possibilities before making a decision on Necas’ future in Carolina. Waddell ended his statement by the arrogant line: “say hi to his dad for me.”

It is more than likely that the Hurricanes will make significant moves this summer as hey have several huge pieces of their roster like Necas, Seth Jarvis, Jake Guentzel, Jordan Martinook, Stefan Noesen, Teuvo Teravainen, Jalen Chatfield, Brett Pesce, and Brady Skjei all either set for big raises or unrestricted free agency. Star defenseman Jaccob Slavin is also due for an extension, which makes trades and tough choices are to avoid.

There is a feeling that some players, including Necas, could be sacrificed on the block in order for the Hurricanes to have the necessary cash to sign Guentzel. And if Necas is truly looking to be moved to a rival team that will use him at his preferred center position, his father might have done the right thing to voice it before decisions are made.

On the summer’s trade market, Necas could draw a lot of interest with the Buffalo Sabres, Washington Capitals, Nashville Predators, New Jersey Devils or even the new franchise in Utah already named as contenders. We are keeping a close eye on a possible sign-and-trade, which would allow Necas to play where and how he wants, while Carolina would receive an interesting return.

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