1. A big name acquisition to help the playoff push
There’s been talk of the Canes making a big splash in the trade market since the beginning of the 2016-17 season. Whether it was trading Hanifin, Faulk, Staal, or Ward, the Canes were right in the thick of a ton of trade rumors.
The need to add a first line center is still there for the Canes also. While Staal should have another 20-goal season on tap, with his 10 goals so far, he’s not a first line quality center. Peters has swapped Staal and Victor Rask as the top line center for most of the season too.
While Rask is due to develop into a solid center in this league, he’s also not a quality first line center that can take a team deep into the playoffs. The trade market does have some big name centers on it right now.
The Edmonton Oilers have a talented young center that would be an immediate upgrade for the Canes in Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. The thought of Nugent-Hopkins playing with Aho and Teravainen should make any Carolina fan’s mouth water. Or, the Canes could go for a mega-star with a guy like John Tavares of the Islanders. But, that’s not likely to happen anytime soon in Raleigh.