"I've had more conversations (Monday) than I did over the break," Rutherford told the Hurricanes' website. "I would suspect as we go along here, there will be more talking."
The Hurricanes aren't believed to be involved in any major discussions, at this point, but that could change as the calendar quickly approaches March 5.
"Usually there are more deals as you get closer to the deadline," Rutherford said. "The group of teams that we sit with and are fighting with, we have as good a chance [to make the playoffs] as any of them. I'm going to keep an open mind to anything that comes our way."
Rutherford indicated that some pieces he was looking for mid-season were already acquired.
The Hurricanes could still be in the market for a center, if the right is right, while they would also like to add a scoring winger for one of their top-two lines.
Meanwhile, between the pipes, the Hurricanes still have three goaltenders on the roster.
While the team briefly explored trading every one of their three goalies -- Cam Ward, Anton Khudobin and Justin Peters -- a move involving a netminder might not happen.
"We could be sitting here on March 6 with three goalies all capable of winning games when they're at their best," Rutherford said.