Most of the ongoing trade non-trade rumors have been about Toronto Maple Leafs free agent forward William Nylander and whether he will sign an extension or not, or if the Leafs will end up trading him…
While this is going on, one Eastern Conference team has decided to make it public that they are overflowing with quality defensemen and are willing to make trades if interesting returns can be offered. According to NHL insider Elliotte Friedman, the Carolina Hurricanes might enter the trade market given the surplus of right-handed shooting defensemen on the roster, and also having three NHL goalies when Scott Darling returns to action.
As a matter of fact, scouts from Raleigh were present last night at the Leafs’ game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“They have been one of the teams that’s been reported to have called Toronto about Nylander to see if they’re interested in trading him, and to this point the Maple Leafs have said they’re not willing to do that. So I think that shows that they are in and around the market and they are considering it,” explained Friedman during a Wednesday evening appearance on NHL Network.
“I think the thing about the four right-handed D is interesting because as the two guys next to you on the panel know, good right-handed defensemen are very hard to find - they’re really valuable and they’re really wanted. The Hurricanes have Faulk and van Riemsdyk and Pesce and Slavin, who’s not going anywhere. But teams are going to be calling them and saying, ‘What are you doing here?’”
Friedman also believes Toronto could look to claim one of their netminders on waivers if Darling’s return pushes one of the wire.
“If they put either Mrazek or McElhinney on waivers, I think one of those two guys would get claimed, and possibly even by Toronto - depending on which one is there.
“So I think Carolina is going to have some interesting roster decisions to make, and I think people will continue to be in touch with them because they have a luxury, and that is an excess of right-hand shooting defensemen.”
Do you feel like a major trade is brewing?
Or do you need more from the Hurricanes to jump to this conclusion?