Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford has been engaged in several other trade discussions and is now expected to move one of goalies Justin Peters or Anton Khudobin, and defenseman Tim Gleason.
According to the
Raleigh News & Observer, Rutherford had a one-hour meeting today with head coach Kirk Muller and VP of Hockey Operations Ron Francis to discuss all options, and suggested a major shake-up could be coming.
"We need to change some things and we need to change them quickly," Rutherford told the paper Monday night. "We need to stop the slide and stop it now."
The Hurricanes have lost eight of their last nine games, with four losses coming in overtime.
Rutherford voiced his frustration over his team's lack of production, specifically "a handful of players who are not playing up to their potential and contributing enough."
The Hurricanes have had in-depth trade discussions with the Toronto Maple Leafs for some time, a Carolina source close confirmed to TFP.
Gleason has been the subject of endless trade speculation suggesting he's heading to Toronto in a deal involving Leafs defenseman John-Michael Liles. However, the Leafs and Hurricanes have discussed multiple options involved several players,
TFP reported earlier on Monday evening.
According to one source, speaking on the basis of anonymity, the Leafs have inquired about Hurricanes center Jeff Skinner and may have been trying to work out a deal for the 21-year-old star.
It's uncertain how in-depth talks have gone, or if they have progressed, but the Leafs made it known that defenseman Jake Gardiner and center Nazem Kadri could be available for the right price.
The Hurricanes have spoken to the Leafs about Gardiner on several occasions.
"We may make a trade to change the mix of the team, but with the (salary) cap system it's not easy to make trades," Rutherford said. "It's not like the day before Christmas where you can run over to Target and pick something off the shelf. You need a trade partner."