Tonight on Insider Trading on TSN, Darren Dreger and Pierre Lebrun talked two different trade rumors that involved the Carolina Hurricanes.
The first rumor comes from Dreger, who reports the Canes have made an offer for the Calgary Flames’ Mikael Backlund. Dreger had reported last week that the Flames were interested in trading the 24-year-old.
Backlund is a center that showed a lot potential when he was young, leading him to be drafted with the 24th overall pick in the 2007 Draft.
But his time in the NHL hasn’t been that impressive with a career high of 25 points. This season, Backlund has seven points in 24 games.
If the Canes are looking for a third-line center, Backlund would be a decent choice, but is he that much of an improvement over Riley Nash? Most likely not and the Hurricanes don’t have to give any assets for Nash.
Dreger also said the Flames are looking for an age-comparable player for Backlund. It’s unlikely the Canes give up one of their youngsters for a mild improvement.
Pierre Lebrun reported the second rumor, which has been a rumor circulating for weeks now – the Canes interest in John-Michael Liles. However, LeBrun also added on the rumor saying the Canes have offered Tuomo Ruutu for Liles, but the Maple Leafs denied the offer.
LeBrun also said the Hurricanes are trying to move Tim Gleason and if they can, Liles would be the team’s replacement for the veteran.
Overall, this is a lot of information and possibilities for the Hurricanes. There’s a lot that needs to come together for any of these moves to be done.
Focusing on the team the Canes have now rather than any trades that could happen is probably the right way to go.