Carolina Hurricanes General Manager Jim Rutherford spoke to local media on Tuesday, and he entertained the idea of some potential moves, including potential trades and moves within the organization. Let’s take a look at some things Jim Rutherford touched on.
Hurricanes In The Market For A Player To Help The Offense?
This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but it looks like the Carolina Hurricanes could be looking for a player to help the offense, according to Jim Rutherford. There has been rumors about the Carolina Hurricanes in talks for forwards and defensemen, but I think a forward is the way to go.
The defense has been absolutely great this year. I don’t think it is worth breaking that chemistry, in order to bring in a puck moving defenseman, especially when the Carolina Hurricanes already have players like Justin Faulk, Andrej Sekera, and Ryan Murphy who move the puck well.
The offense, on the other hand, has been pretty disappointing. The Carolina Hurricanes could really use a top-six forward that could pitch in on offense and the powerplay. Players like Mike Cammalleri, Sam Gagner, and Nail Yakupov have all been featured in rumors lately. Any of those three would be a top-six, powerplay guy for the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Justin Peters Situation
Justin Peters has been great over his past 10 starts, but with Cam Ward‘s return, and Anton Khudobin‘s imminent return, could the Canes trade Justin Peters? Will they carry three goaltenders? Will they risk sending Peters through waivers? All of those three things are possibilities for the Carolina Hurricanes, according to Rutherford.
If Cam Ward gets back to where he was prior to the injury, and if Anton Khudobin can be the goalie he was for three starts early this year, I think the Canes should trade Peters.
Would this be the best thing for the Carolina Hurricanes? Probably not, but Justin Peters does not deserve to be sent down to the AHL, and he does not deserve to be a third goalie in the NHL who gets no playing time. Based on his play lately, I think he deserves to be a starter or at least split starting time on an NHL team, until he loses the job, if he does. It wouldn’t be fair for Peters and his career to not play him.
The Carolina Hurricanes likely would not get a whole lot for Peters in return, but they could package him in on a deal for a scorer. Teams like the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, and New York Islanders all need goalie help. Calgary and Edmonton have been in trade rumors as of late, so they might be teams to look out for.
Elias Lindholm News
Jim Rutherford said on Tuesday that Elias Lindholm‘s minor league stint will likely not be long-term. He is on a three-game point streak in Charlotte going into their Tuesday night game, so he has started to play well with the Checkers. He has gotten more ice time as well, so that is good for his development.
When Lindholm does come back to Raleigh, he will likely jump on the third line and powerplay, while providing more offense and depth for the Carolina Hurricanes.