Per Eklund of Hockey Buzz, the Carolina Hurricanes and San Jose Sharks are in talks on a potential blockbuster trade that could change the landscape of both franchises.
The rumors is that the Carolina Hurricanes would send Cam Ward, a former Stanley Cup champion and Conn Smythe winner, and two prospects to the San Jose Sharks for Patrick Marleau and a first round draft pick from the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
While it is fun and exciting to get behind a rumor like this, it is a bit naive to jump all in on this rumor as of now. Eklund has certainly been right about a lot of rumors, but he has also been wrong on many others.
Obviously the winner of a potential trade involving Ward and Marleau would depend on the prospects going to San Jose. Victor Rask and Brock McGinn are probably the best prospects in the Carolina Hurricanes organization, so a trade involving both of them likely wouldn’t be worth it.
Patrick Marleau could bring a lot of offensive potential and leadership to the Carolina Hurricanes, a team that could use both of that.
This will be interesting story to watch. As of now, there is no real traction to this rumor, but we all know that the NHL offseason is always unpredictable.