June 22, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announces a trade between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Pittsburgh Penguins for the eighth overall pick at the 2012 NHL Draft at CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes Trade Deadline Preview

The trade deadline is here and whether you love it (like me) or hate it, you know you’ll be paying attention to the deals that are made over the next few hours until the 3 p.m. deadline.

The Carolina Hurricanes have been surprisingly part of a lot of trade rumors this season and here are players that have been rumored or are possible to be traded, my opinion on chances of being traded and what could be fetched in return.

Cam Ward

Chance: Almost non-existant

Ward may be part of a lot of trade rumors, but moving that $6.3 million salary will be next to impossible. No team will be looking to add the 30-year-old mid-season, especially after the Minnesota Wild and Edmonton Oilers added goalies.

Jordan Staal

Chance: Highly unlikely

Rumors came out yesterday from Darren Dreger that GM Jim Rutherford was being pressured to deal the center because of his high salary, but that’s exactly why no team will be interested in Staal. The only possibility is if a team loses out on Ryan Kesler and really wants a two-way center. Like Ward, trading Staal in the offseason would be simpler.

Ron Hainsey

Chance: Good possibility

Really it will come down to if Rutherford wants to trade Hainsey. There haven’t been any rumors of the team attempting to move him, but some team would trade a draft pick for the defenseman if he becomes available.

Tuomo Ruutu

Chance: Doubt it

Ruutu has been part of trade rumors all season and while he had a good Olympic tournament, I don’t think he’ll be moved. Again, his salary is just way too high for the Canes to move him. But crazier things have happened and there’s always a chance Ruutu will be moved.

Jiri Tlusty

Chance: Likely

Tlusty has also been part of trade rumors all season and with a low cap hit, a team would probably take him as long as the Hurricanes don’t demand too much. He would be a good addition to a playoff team’s depth and some team would pay a mid-level draft pick for him, I would think.

Manny Malhotra

Chance: Could happen

Like Hainsey, Malhotra hasn’t been part of any trade rumors, but if Rutherford shops him, some team will want to add the face-off specialist to its bottom six. However, Malhotra would only be a worth a low-draft pick.

Justin Peters

Chance: Not likely

The Canes chance to trade Peters has flown by them, but that’s not all bad. They can probably send the netminder through waivers without fear of another team claiming him. But expecting a team to spend an asset on him is unlikely.

Riley Nash

Chance: Decent, but probably won’t happen

Nash is a solid fourth-line center, but most teams already have one of those. Unlike Malhotra, Nash doesn’t excel at any one area, so his value to other teams drops right away. Rutherford will probably shop him and not ask for much, but teams won’t be interested.


Other players, such as Jay Harrison, Mike Komisarek and Radek Dvorak could be traded tomorrow, but the eight listed above are the ones more involved in rumors and more enticing to other teams.

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