According to a report from hockey’s most trusted NHL insider Bob McKenzie of TSN, the Carolina Hurricanes, under the new regime of general manager Don Waddell and owner Tom Dundon, are open and actively looking to make trades this upcoming offseason.
During a radio appearance on TSN’s OverDrive, McKenzie made it clear that the Hurricanes are open for business and that they’ll listen to trade offers on anyone but budding superstar Sebastian Aho.
"There's one guy on the team they are not prepared to trade, Sebastion Aho,” says McKenzie. “Everybody else, everybody else, is available.”
Now, while the Hurricanes may not have the star power to facilitate a blockbuster deal, they do have some very good hockey players who will no doubt generate interest on the trade market. In particular, McKenzie himself believes that speedy forward Jeff Skinner could be on the move.
"Skinner's getting moved I would think," commented McKenzie. The 25 year old Skinner has just one year remaining on his six year, $35 million deal that pays him an annual salary of $5.725 million. The speedy and talented goal scorer potted 24 goals and 49 points in 2017-18, following a 37 goal, 63 point campaign from just a season ago.
Skinner has already been linked to the Los Angeles Kings in multiple reports leading to speculation that he may be headed to the west coast, but it's believed that the Toronto Maple Leafs have also shown interest in acquiring him as well.
Another big trade chip for the Hurricanes is defenseman Justin Faulk. "I think Faulk is very much in play”, said McKenzie. The right shooting, perennial 30+ point blue liner is sure to be a hot commodity on the trade market, not only for his versatility but because he’s signed a a relatively cost effective contract at $4.8 million per season for the next two years. For a minute munching, 30+ point Dman that’s incredible value. Hard to see teams not taking a healthy run at Faulk on the trade market.
While not mentioned specifically by McKenzie, you have to imagine that other veteran players like Jordan Staal, Justin Williams and Cam Ward will also be shopped by Waddell and Dundon on the trade market.