January 18, 2019 | 9:46am ET
HURRICANES STILL LOOKING TO ADD TOP-SIX WINGER
Brett Pesce, defenceman
The Carolina Hurricanes remain active in the trade market, having already completed a swap of forwards on Thursday with the Minnesota Wild.
On Thursday, the Canes moved forward Victor Rask to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Nino Niederreiter, in which Carolina GM Don Waddell said the team was “excited to welcome a proven goal-scorer” to the lineup.
Waddell’s search for additional fire power won’t end there, as he is still actively trying to land a top-six scorer by moving one of his top defencemen.
In Thursday night’s “Insider Trading” segment on TSN, Bob McKenzie reported the Hurricanes are still very much trying to swap out one of their blueliners for scoring help.
“No question at all, the Rask for Niederreiter trade does not change what the Carolina Hurricanes have been trying to do and that is move one of their defencemen for help up front,” McKenzie said. “Now Dougie Hamilton's name is out there a lot, but the reality is whether it's Brett Pesce or Justin Faulk, any right-hand shooting defenceman who's not named Jaccob Slavin is available for the right price if the Carolina Hurricanes can pick up an offensive forward.”
Hamilton, whose name has reappeared in trade speculation this month, currently sits No.22 on TFP’s Top 30 Trade Watch List.
Faulk and Pesce’s named have been tossed around the trade market going back to last season, but efforts were enhanced this season when owner Tom Dundon stated publicly that he wants more goal-scoring on his team.
As much as the Hurricanes want to bring in a scoring winger, Waddell’s priority may be focused on trying to add a top-two centre to his roster. According to a source close to the team, the Canes inquired about Toronto Maple Leafs centre Nazem Kadri earlier this season, but the Leafs are not interested in moving him right now – the two sides could explore this route in the off-season.
The Hurricanes have also been linked to forwards Tyler Toffoli of the Los Angeles Kings, and Kevin Hayes, who can become an unrestricted free agent July 1, and Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers, and could pursue other options, as well.