March 2, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward (30) receives congratulations from center Jeff Skinner (53) and center Eric Staal (12) after the Panthers defeated the Panthers 6-2 at the PNC center. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Trade Rumors: The Carolina Hurricanes Are Open To Trading Eric Staal And Jeff Skinner Accoring To Darren Dreger

On Friday, Darren Dreger broke some interesting news surrounding Eric Staal, Jeff Skinner, and the future of the Carolina Hurricanes.

“As discussed last night on Insider Trading…big options ahead for the Carolina Hurricanes. Ward trade likely in the summer. Other names…”

“..either Skinner or E.Staal also potentially in play. All depends on gm J.Rutherford’s future and his decision to move up, stay same or out.”

“Potential player changes, coaching changes, management changes. So much to consider in Carolina this summer.”

– Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger)

UPDATE: It doesn’t look like Rutherford will be back next season, but trading the big names are still an option.

This obviously big news that broke late last week. Eric Staal has been the leader of the Carolina Hurricanes for nearly a decade, and Jeff Skinner seems to be the future of the team.

Dreger also said that player changes, coaching changes, and management changes are all possible. That means Kirk Muller, Jim Rutherford, and the entire coaching staff could be on the hot seat as soon as this summer.

Though Darren Dreger has said that Eric Staal could be on the market this summer, I think it is incredibly unlikely he would be moved. Eric Staal is a top line center, and that doesn’t come around often in the NHL.

Trading the team’s captain, first line center, leader, and face would be a questionable move to say the least.

Even if he is traded to get a pick higher up in the draft, I’m not convinced that would be the right move.

Jeff Skinner is a player I can see being dealt, but he is the team’s leading goal scorer. Once again, trading the team’s leading goal scorer may not be the right move.

It will be a very interesting offseason, and Cardiac Cane will cover every rumor and move up to and during the summer.

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