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Carolina Hurricanes' GM Jim Rutherford 'Not Ruling Out Trades'

According to a report from Pro Hockey Talk and Chip Alexander, Carolina Hurricanes’ GM Jim Rutherford is working the phones and ‘looking to make changes.’

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Nothing was really said on how big of a trade this could be, but if this is going to be a real shakeup on the roster, you would think this would have to be one of the Hurricanes’ top players. The Staals won’t be traded, Alexander Semin is too important to the offense and trading Jeff Skinner now, would be a terrible option.

Justin Faulk, Andrej Sekera and Ron Hainsey are the leaders on defense and trading any of them would not be smart.

Some other candidates could be Tuomo Ruutu, Tim Gleason and Nathan Gerbe. Ruutu has played better, but is arguably expendable. Gleason has been part of rumors and while Gerbe has played well, he’s more of an option than the other listed forwards. Jiri Tlusty is another candidate, but is on injured reserve right now.

Rutherford also said earlier in the month of December that his patience is ‘wearing thin,’ yet the team has lost eight of 11 since then and nothing has been done.

It’s no question that the Hurricanes need to do something to change how things are going, it’s just a question of if anything will actually be done.

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