Dec 29, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Carolina Hurricanes right wing Alexander Semin (28) warms up before playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes Trade Rumors: The Hurricanes Need To Make A Change

Jim Rutherford, General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, came out today and made it clear that he is still working the phones in attempts to get a trade done.

Jim Rutherford talked about the team’s five game losing streak today.

“It’s got to stop now. We need more to contribute. A handful of players are not playing to their potential.”

He is obviously talking about the players who are getting paid big money and not performing. Eric Staal, Cam Ward, Alex Semin and Tuomo Ruutu all fall in to the category of big salaries, but little performances.

He also said that a trade is still a possible option.

“Something could happen but you need two willing people to do it.”

He also said that he was on the phone last night and today discussing trades.

The Carolina Hurricanes have done way too much “discussing”. I completely understand that a trade needs time and needs to work for both teams, but the past ten games have been awful for the Carolina Hurricanes. A change needs to be made.

I think players that are considered “untouchable” can no longer be considered “untouchable”. I think Jim Rutherford needs to consider all options when he is talking to other teams.

At the same time, trading players like Jordan Staal, Jeff Skinner, Eric Staal or Justin Faulk will do no sort of any good. Jim Rutherford has to be smart about how far he goes, if he does anything.

The Carolina Hurricanes have been building for years in attempts to make the playoffs, and they haven’t made it to the post season since 2009. There obviously needs to be a change somewhere.

Jim Rutherford also talked to Kirk Muller and Ron Francis yesterday. They discussed what needs to change in order to turn the ship around. I think that’s a significant move in the right direction to improve the Carolina Hurricanes.

Jim Rutherford has said that changes are needed numerous times this year. He has done absolutely nothing yet. He may very well not do anything again, but I think a move of some kind is imperative to this team’s success.

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