Sources have told TFP that Rutherford is looking to acquire a top-four defenseman, though a deal is not imminent.
However, with a surplus of defensemen on the roster, Rutherford could deal others, like Corvo and McBain, for assets that could be used to package for a more potent defenseman.
Several teams have extra defensemen they're looking to deal, but the only top-tier blueliner on the market appears to be Phoenix Coyotes star Keith Yandle.
The Coyotes are shopping Yandle, though a deal may not be completed until the April 3 trade deadline, at the earliest, and Phoenix GM Don Maloney would want a top young talent packaged as part of a deal in return.
Maloney would undoubtedly want Ryan Murphy, the Hurricanes' first-round pick in 2011, as part of a package, however it's unclear what other pieces could be included that the Coyotes would be interested in.
The Hurricanes will not consider moving star forward Jeff Skinner, and that might be where the conversation ends.
The New York Islanders are shopping captain Mark Streit, who could be a cheaper option for Rutherford and the Hurricanes.
Streit, 35, is in the last year of his current contract and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
Other teams will look to move their defensemen closer to the trade deadline, which will give the Hurricanes more options.