The Carolina Hurricanes became the first official seller of any consequence in this year’s trade season by sending Ron Hainsey (with half the AAV on his expiring contract retained) to Pittsburgh for a second-round pick and an AHLer.
And why not? The ‘Canes entered the day 10 points out in the East, playing in the toughest division in hockey. Ron Francis saw the writing on the wall and dumped a 35-year-old depth defender on a team that, all of a sudden, desperately needed blue line help. In doing so, they bumped the total number of picks they have in June’s draft to nine, and that number now includes six in the first three rounds alone.
If they’re smart — and they, of course, very much are — that number will continue to climb as the deadline approaches and, perhaps ahead of the draft. This is a team with some moderately sellable assets. Maybe someone wants Viktor Stalberg. Maybe someone wants Jay McClement.Read More »from Calculated struggles of the Carolina Hurricanes (Trending Topics)