Acquiring Matt Duchene could be huge for the Hurricanes. Getting him would mean adding a player capable of putting up in between 60-70 points and 30+ goals in a season. Duchene could easily slide into the role of second center. Getting Duchene would make the Hurricanes absolutely dangerous and immediate Stanley Cup Contenders.
Duchene has been rumored to be a “bad locker room guy” however I think that just like Canes defenseman Dougie Hamilton, Duchene may be just misunderstood. While Duchene would likely cost a lot of money to sign, the Canes just cleared cap space with their decision to move Calvin De Haan.
If the Canes can keep Sebastian Aho’s signing under 8.5 million a season, they should be able to go after Bobrovsky and Duchene as they have a projected 21 million in cap space. That may fluctuate based off of the Marleau trade with the Toronto Maple leafs but the Canes should be able to afford both as long as they don’t make anymore big moves after.
In summary, adding two studs in Matt Duchene and Sergei Bobrovsky could make the Canes exponentially better and immediate Stanley Cup Contenders. It seems to me that Don Waddell knows what he is doing with getting rid of De Haan’s contract, and perhaps had a player or two in mind when thinking about the space he has now.
Cardiac Cane Readers: Could the Canes realistically obtain both Bobrovsky and Duchene?