February 14, 2019 | 8:04pm ET



Micheal Ferland, winger


Carolina Hurricanes winger Micheal Ferland told local reporters on Thursday his preference is to stay in Raleigh, as opposed to being traded, but understands some things are out of his control.

Ferland, 26, is in the final-year of his contract and can become an unrestricted free agent July 1. He welcomes the opportunity to sign an extension with the Hurricanes, but the two sides have reportedly been far apart in negotiations.

A number of teams have expressed serious interest in Ferland, including the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Tampa Bay Lightning and San Jose Sharks, among others, and he’s certainly heard the noise.

“Yeah, it’s tough obviously seeing your name all over the place and not sure what’s going to happen,” Ferland told the Raleigh News & Observer on Thursday. “I think we’ve put ourselves in a good spot. I hope I stay here.

“I’d like to get a deal done obviously. Like I said, we’ve put ourselves in a good spot in trying to get into the playoffs and I’d like to stay here and help this team.”

Hurricanes GM Don Waddell isn’t opposed to keeping him beyond the Feb. 25 trade deadline and using him as the team’s own “rental piece” if an extension isn’t worked out prior to that.

Ferland, who currently sits 13th on TFP’s Top 30 Trade Watch List, has registered 15 goals and 16 assists for 31 points in 48 games with the Hurricanes so far this season.