At the 2013 trade deadline, rumors started to pop up that GM Jim Rutherford was attempting to trade Jamie McBain. At the time, it seemed strange because the Hurricanes needed another defenseman instead of trying to trade one.Rutherford ended up not making a trade and held on to McBain for the rest of the season.
But next season the Canes will have their defensemen back from injuries and Ryan Murphy, who figures to be in the mix. That means a Jamie
McBain trade may happen this summer, so what can the Canes expect in return?
McBain is known more as an offensive defenseman, scoring 75 points in 206 NHL games, but his defensive game needs to improve. He makes mistakes often, although has gotten better over the last few years. If the Canes attempt to deal him, the other team will definitely bring his defensive lapses into the negotiations.
However, the Minnesota native is still young at 25-years-old and is signed to a cheap contract at $1.8 million through next season. McBain still has the potential of becoming a top-four defenseman also.
If Rutherford shops McBain, he will need to look at teams that are searching for an offensive-defenseman. Some possible teams include the Philadelphia Flyers, New York Islanders and Dallas Stars. The best thing Rutherford can do is create a bidding war between a number of teams to get the best possible return for McBain.
As for the return, it depends on what the Hurricanes are looking for. Rutherford will most likely want a draft pick back to create some cap room. A second-round pick should not be too much to ask for. After all, McBain was a second-round pick and could make a difference on any team’s roster.
If the Canes want a defensive-defenseman in the trade, the return may not be that big. They would most likely get a bottom-pairing defenseman back that would most likely not be as young as McBain.
The Hurricanes can expect a decent return for McBain. Nothing big, but something that will help the team, either on defense or with the salary cap.