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February 28, 2012 | 10:57am ET
Canes stand pat at trade deadline

According to the Raleigh News & Observer, the Carolina Hurricanes were expected to be significant sellers at the deadline, but instead chose to not make a change.

With a small pool of available players, defenseman Bryan Allen and Jaroslav Spacek were considered almost-definite trade bait, who could contribute to the Canes' rebuilding process by acquiring draft picks or perhaps prospects in return.

However, both pending unrestricted free agents are staying in Carolina until the end of the season.

"For the most part we felt we were going to keep most of the players we had," Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said. "We really didn't talk about very many. The defensemen were the ones who got the most action. Spacek was the guy teams called about for the most part. He was second or third on teams' lists and teams never got to that and we never got to the point of getting an offer."

Allen, who was reportedly never asked to waive his no-trade clause, could be re-signed to an extension in the summer, while the Canes could potentially consider re-signing Spacek as well, possibly to a one-year contract, if he is interested.

"Based on what (Allen) has done for our team and where he fits on our team, it makes more sense that we keep that right to negotiate a contract with him until July instead of trading him away and taking the chance of doing it as any other team would with a free agent," Rutherford said.

While Rutherford did not answer his top priority to get a "top-flight player" to play on Eric Staal's line, it will remain the main objective going into the off-season.

"I'm more than OK with it," Rutherford said on not making a deal today. "We've got some work to do here and we certainly need to add another player or two for our team to get to where we need to get to be a top-tier team going forward next year."

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