February 27, 2018 | 12:50pm ET
HURRICANES WERE ACTIVE, BUT QUIET AT DEADLINE
Ron Francis, GM
Carolina Hurricanes GM Ron Francis was active leading up to Monday’s 3pm trade deadline, but ultimately decided to stand pat and not overpay for a rental player.
The Hurricanes sit five points out of a playoff spot, with one game in hand of the Columbus Blue Jackets, who currently own the final wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference.
Francis made it clear, in speaking to an assembled group of media in his post-deadline press conference, that the team wasn’t in a position to enter the rental market.
“I think we explored all things,” Francis said. “Certainly, we looked at a lot of pieces we could add to our lineup. I think the prices were pretty steep this time around, in our eyes. I don’t think we’re at a point where we can give up first-round picks and A prospects to try and get something for a month or two and hope to get into the playoffs with that rental or maybe a guy who has a year left on his term.”
The Hurricanes, according to Francis, had “looking at trying to make hockey trades” and also explored the market on some of their own assets, but didn’t find the right pieces to pull the trigger on a deal.
According to one league source, the Hurricanes had kicked the tires on left wing Evander Kane, but did not fully engage in trade talks. Kane was ultimately traded from the Buffalo Sabres to the San Jose Sharks.
“We from the start, we were going to do things we thought were right for the organization, short-term and long-term, and that philosophy, in my eyes, hasn’t changed and the discussions with (owner Tom Dundon), that’s the way he wanted to proceed.”