October11, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Ron Hainsey (65) knocks the puck away from Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar (11) at PNC Center. The Kings defeated the Hurricanes 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

The Next Three Games Will Determine Whether The Carolina Hurricanes Are Buyers Or Sellers At The NHL Trade Deadline

The Carolina Hurricanes are in awkward situation just days away from the trade deadline. The NHL trade deadline is March 5th at 3pm, and the Carolina Hurricanes need to decide whether they are buyers or sellers. The next three games will determine which they are.

The Carolina Hurricanes start a tough Western road trip today against the Los Angeles Kings. They will follow up today’s game with a Sunday night game against the Anaheim Ducks, and a Tuesday night game against the San Jose Sharks.

These upcoming games may be the toughest part of the Carolina Hurricanes schedule this season, and it is at the most crucial time of the season. If the Carolina Hurricanes can find a way to win games in California, they will likely be buyers at the NHL trade deadline. If they can’t win games, they will likely be sellers.

If the Carolina Hurricanes are sellers, expect players like Cam Ward, Tuomo Ruutu, Ron Hainsey, Jiri Tlusty, and Manny Malhotra to be involved in trade rumors as we approach the trade deadline.

If the Carolina Hurricanes can salvage wins in California, expect Jim Rutherford to be interested in adding big pieces to the team that will help them make a playoff push.

The next four days will decide the fate of the Carolina Hurricanes and which direction that Jim Rutherford will take the team going into the offseason.

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