With the Olympic roster freeze and trade deadline approaching, rumors are bound to start popping up all over the place and a new one from thefourthperiod.com includes the Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panther center Marcel Goc and Buffalo Sabre forward Steve Ott.
This is the main point on Goc and Ott:
It’s believed the Hurricanes have some interest in Florida Panthers center Marcel Goc, who is in the final year of his current contract, as well as Buffalo Sabres forward Steve Ott.
Both players will be free agents by the end of the season with Goc making considerably less money at $1.7 million. Ott comes with a $2.95 million hit. However, the Canes would be able to afford either. According to capgeek.com, the team has $5,443,461 available now and will have even more at the deadline.
If GM Jim Rutherford is looking at both of these players, it’s with the intent of improving the third-line center position from Riley Nash/Manny Malhotra, however, the team would only need one extra center.
While neither Goc or Ott are potent scorers, Goc has 21 points, while Ott has 20, they would be able to help on the defensive side of the puck and bring some veteran experience to the third line.
One thing to point out is that neither the Panthers or Sabres would likely have that much interest in a goalie, which is the Hurricanes’ trade surplus, but draft picks may work in a trade for either player.
I know a lot of people want Mikael Backlund from the Calgary Flames, but sometimes the moon isn’t always available and you have to go for less – either one of Goc or Ott would be an improvement on the third line.