Carolina Hurricanes: 5 possible destinations for Micheal Ferland

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Providing some steel

The Pittsburgh Penguins are always in the market for trade deadline improvements. Recent seasons have seen them acquire Derick Brassard, Ron Hainsey, Justin Schultz, Daniel Winnik, Lee Stempniak, Jarome Iginla and Brenden Morrow ahead of the deadline, and this year they will be no different in their approach as they seek to add a fourth Stanley Cup to Sidney Crosby‘s mantelpiece.

With Jake Guentzel holding their first line LW spot, Ferland would surely slide right onto the Penguins’ second line alongside Evgeni Malkin. The pairing would give Malkin some physical protection, Ferland with an elite playmaker to feed from, and a hard forecheck that would be difficult to resist. A Ferland to Pittsburgh scenario is one that massively benefits the Penguins.

Potential package: 2019 PIT 1st round pick + Derick Brassard

The Penguins lack the prospects to throw at the Canes, so the combination of their upcoming first round pick plus the impending UFA Brassard would be a good return. The Carolina Hurricanes could then either keep Brassard as their 2C and give him an extended run with a view to an extension, or simply flip him for more assets as a rental.