The Carolina Hurricanes would like to add a top line player to their roster, but whether that happens in the days leading up to the March 1 trade deadline or in the off-season is anybody's guess.
It's no secret, the Hurricanes have held numerous trade discussions with the Colorado Avalanche about forwards Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog, but their price tags are high.
So high, in fact, that Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer reports the team isn't likely to make a move for either player.
The Hurricanes have a plethora of young, quality defensemen. The Avs are in the market for a top young blueliner, but their pickings appear to be slimming.
According to DeCock, there is "no chance" the Hurricanes part with young defenseman Jaccob Slavin, a player linked in trade speculation.
"At this time of year you're on the phone a lot, talking to lot of different guys, but it's a really unique year when you look at standings," Hurricanes GM Ron Francis told the News & Observer. "There are a lot of teams still hanging around so things have a chance be pretty fluid over the next 10 days. I'm not opposed to making any deal, but we'll maintain our philosophy of building this thing right for the long term. We're certainly not going to give up what we feel is a good young piece for something that will help us for two months and set us back. If a deal makes sense, that makes us better now and moving forward, we're all in."
DeCock suggests the Hurricanes could "maybe" bite on a deal surrounding defenseman Ryan Murphy, top prospect Haydn Fleury and a first-round draft pick in exchange for Duchene or Landeskog, but it appears to be a long shot.
As many have reported, some teams are unclear if Duchene is a true No.1 center or a No.2 center, or even a better fit as a top-line winger.
Trade talks will likely continue between now and March 1, but unless the price drops on either Duchene or Landeskog, the Hurricanes are expected to pursue other options.