Carolina Hurricanes Offseason Preview: Restricted Free Agents

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Andrei Loktionov

Mar 22, 2014; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrei Loktionov (8) races away from Winnipeg Jets forward

Evander Kane

(9) in first-period action at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Shawn Coates-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Hurricanes acquired Andrei Loktionov in a deal that sent Tuomo Ruutu to the New Jersey Devils at the NHL trade deadline. Andrei Loktionov is 23 years old.

We haven’t seen much of Andrei Loktionov yet, so its tough for me to say whether he should be re-signed by the Carolina Hurricanes. He got off to a somewhat slow start, but he does have five points in his last five games. Most of that has been with Eric Staal and Jiri Tlusty on the first line.

Andrei Loktionov could have a bright NHL future, and he has already won a Stanley Cup with the Los Angeles Kings. Until I’m proven other wise, I think the Carolina Hurricanes should hold on to Andrei Loktionov.

Verdict: Re-Sign (1 year, $900k)