June 9, 2019 | 2:17pm ET
HURRICANES WANT MORE GOAL SCORING
Don Waddell, GM
The Carolina Hurricanes are among the teams looking to add more fire power up front and could make a move to acquire a top-six forward later this month.
Hurricanes President and GM Don Waddell is believed to be exploring the market and it appears he’s still willing to part with one of his defencemen in order to a scoring forward to his roster.
Blueliners Dougie Hamilton, Justin Faulk and Brett Pesce were dangled as trade bait during the regular-season and the Hurricanes remain willing to move one of them.
Faulk, who has a $4.833 million salary cap hit, is entering the final year of his contract; Hamilton has two-years left on his deal ($5.75 million cap hit), and Pesce has five-years remaining on his deal ($4.025 million cap hit).
Hamilton and Pesce are among the players on TFP’s Off-Season Trade Watch list.
The Hurricanes are among the teams that have kicked the tires on Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker, as well as Pittsburgh Penguins sniper Phil Kessel, though it’s unclear of Carolina is one of the eight teams on Kessel’s trade list. Zucker owns a 10-team no-trade list.
Waddell has expressed interest in Toronto Maple Leafs forwards William Nylander, Nazem Kadri and Kasperi Kapanen in the past, though Leafs have maintained their position against trading Nylander and Carolina is believed to be on Kadri’s no-trade list.