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February 20, 2017 | 10:20am ET
Defenseman Hainsey generating interest

The Carolina Hurricanes are sitting nine points back of the final wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference and teams have started to call them about some of their players.

Defenseman Ron Hainsey and forwards Jay McClement and Viktor Stalberg are generating interested from around the NHL, with Hainsey being the most coveted.

Hainsey, 35, is in the final year of his contract and can become an unrestricted free agent July 1, along with McClement and Stalberg. He comes with a $2.5 million salary, though his cap hit is just over $2.833 million.

Several teams are looking for help on the blueline, including the Pittsburgh Penguins, Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames, among others, and may be knocking on Hurricanes GM Ron Francis' door.

Hainsey has a limited no-trade clause where he can list 15 teams he would accept a move to.

In 55 games with the Hurricanes so far this season, Hainsey has registered four goals and 10 assists for 14 points and 17 penalty minutes.


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