The Carolina Hurricanes have been keeping close tabs on Colorado Avalanche left wing and captain Gabriel Landeskog.
With the NHL trade deadline quickly approaching, the Hurricanes have expressed interest in Landeskog and teammate Matt Duchene and have a surplus of top young defensemen they appear willing to move.
Two members of the Hurricanes hockey operations/scouting staff took in Colorado's 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night, adding fuel to the fire that the Canes and Avs are engaged in trade talks.
The Hurricanes do not plan on moving blueliners Justin Faulk or Noah Hanifin any time soon, but the likes of Ryan Murphy, Jacob Slavin, Brett Pesce, Haydn Fleury and possibly last summer's first-round pick Jake Bean may have already been discussed.
Several teams are interested in Landeskog, including the Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres and Hurricanes, but the Avalanche is not in a rush to move him, or Duchene, by the March 1 trade deadline.
If the right deal presents itself for Landeskog -- a top young defenseman, a prospect and a high draft pick -- the Avs will seriously consider it.
In 41 games with the Avalanche so far this season, Landeskog has tallied 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points.