It seems that even before the 2017-18 season started, several National Hockey League teams were looking at the market in hopes of finding options to bolster their back end. The Edmonton Oilers started the campaign without Andrej Sekera, the Washington Capitals lost a few quality defenders to injuries and the Toronto Maple Leafs realized they needed a top blue liner to become a fearless Cup contender.
However, the same names have been heard over and over in trade chatter: the Detroit Red Wings are shopping Mike Green and Drew Doughty will be looking for top dollar, but the Los Angeles Kings have proven him they can still compete... so who is left?
Now, The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun wonders if the Carolina Hurricanes might shop a defenseman in hopes of adding an impact forward before the Feb. 26 trade deadline.
The Canes could draw upon their depth on the blueline as trade bait since LeBrun believes Carolina prefers to keep their defense corps intact.
“Perhaps there’s another way to upgrade up front at some point before Feb. 26.”
However, the Hurricanes might choose to move one of their blueliners instead of shopping their first-round pick and/or one or two of their top prospects.
If they decide to do so, things will get very interesting on the market for clubs looking to add a quality defenseman before the deadline and en route for a playoff run.