According to a rumor from thefourthperiod.com, the Carolina Hurricanes and GM Jim Rutherford are not done making moves, this time looking to improve the team’s forwards.
The hope is that the Hurricanes can add a top-six winger before the March 5 trade deadline to improve the team’s chances of making the playoffs.
First of all, let me just make this clear: just because a team has called about Skinner does not mean the Hurricanes are trying to move the 21-year-old. There’s no way Skinner is going anywhere, except for a massive overpayment.
We’ve heard earlier that the Canes were trying to move Tlusty and Ruutu, but those rumors seemed to dry up when the team was shopping Tim Gleason.
Ruutu has definitely improved this season and filled in fine for Eric Staal on the first line last night. Tlusty is out while dealing with an appendectomy surgery, but should be back soon. He has not brought as much to the team as Ruutu has and I would guess that Rutherford would rather move Tlusty than Ruutu.
And don’t forget the Hurricanes also have to do something about the goalie situation, which doesn’t need to be done soon with Cam Ward injured, but a package of one goalie and one of the wingers may be used to land a top-six winger.
Right now the Hurricanes are winning; a trade doesn’t have to happen soon, but should they start losing again, one of Tlusty or Ruutu could be moved.