Jan 31, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Brett Bellemore (73) checks St. Louis Blues forward Brenden Morrow (10) during the 3rd period at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the St. Louis Blues 3-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Do The Carolina Hurricanes Need Another Defenseman?

The Olympic trade freeze is rapidly approaching with only three games left on the Carolina Hurricanes schedule before the break. After that, the trade deadline will be here, which means all 30 teams will have to decide on adding or selling players.

For the Hurricanes, it’s almost certain GM Jim Rutherford will be buying. It’s been made clear the team wants a third-line center and possibly a winger to add to the forward corps, but does the team need another defenseman?

Mark Jones wrote a realistic trade options article over at Bleacher Report, which included two defensemen and got me thinking if the Hurricanes need another d-man on the roster.

When healthy, the team should have eight NHL defensemen with Brett Bellemore, Ryan Murphy, Jay Harrison and Mike Komisarek rotating in and out of the lineup as has been the case all season.

Two obvious problems with that group of four are experience and mobility. Bellemore and Murphy have less than 100 games between them, while Komisarek and Harrison struggle with speed at times.

Which raises the question of bringing in a defenseman with more experience and mobility. Essentially a mix of Bellemore and Harrison to create a reliable option on the Canes’ blue line.

Mark points out Phoenix Coyotes’ d-man Derek Morris as a possibility. The former Boston Bruin has plenty of experience and would be a great option on the third pairing. However, he also brings with him a $3.3 million cap hit.

There are obviously more options out there than just Morris, but with a surplus of blue-liners already, is it worth it to spend assets on a slight improvement when there are more pressing needs?

I don’t really think so. The four defensemen should be able to supply the Hurricanes a reliable option and Rutherford should spend more of his time and effort on improving the forwards.

If a great deal came along for the team, then it would make sense for Rutherford to swing a trade for a defenseman, but to me there are other holes that need to be filled.

So what do you think? Should the Carolina Hurricanes add another defenseman?

Should The Carolina Hurricanes Add Another Defenseman?

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