February 12, 2019 | 9:59am ET
HURRICANES HAVE DECISIONS LOOMING
Don Waddell, GM
The Carolina Hurricanes are four games in to their five-game roadtrip and GM Don Waddell has informed other teams he’s waiting until the team returns home before making any roster-related moves.
With their final game tonight in Ottawa before heading home to Raleigh for Friday’s game against Edmonton, the Hurricanes sit three points behind Pittsburgh for the final wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference.
Waddell has been in the market for at least one top-six forward and has been dangling his defencemen as bait – Dougie Hamilton, Brett Pesce and Justin Faulk are all available, for the right price.
As the team wraps it roadtrip, Waddell and his staff could look to make a move as early as later this week, but it’s unclear if the team will make a move to acquire a rental player, move out a pending unrestricted free agent like Micheal Ferland, or complete a ‘hockey-trade’ by dealing an asset for an asset.
“We’ve got some UFAs and one that has gotten some interest and traction,” Waddell told the Raleigh News & Observer. “I’ve said maybe (Ferland’s) our rental piece if things are going well. We know we may not be able to sign him, but if we trade him we have to go out and find a piece.
“I would say we’re talking to a lot of people, a lot of teams. But I’ve told everybody we’ll get through the (roadtrip) and see where things are.”
Ferland currently sits at No.13 on TFP’s Top 30 Trade Watch List.
The Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs have had ongoing discussions for months about a potential swap, believed to hover around Pesce, which could result in one of Toronto’s young forwards coming back in a deal.
Waddell isn’t afraid to be patient, as seen when he acquired Nino Niederreiter from the Minnesota Wild last month for Victor Rask, a move that took months to complete. With less than two weeks before the trade deadline and a roadtrip coming to a close, Waddell will start making decisions this week.