The Carolina Hurricanes have managed to start the 2019-20 season with a 9-4-1 record after the first 14 games. While this is by no means a ‘bad’ start, the Canes could stand to add a player or three to boost the few places where they seem to be lacking.
October is always a relatively stressful time for the Carolina Hurricanes’ fanbase. This year? Not so much. The Canes dropped one or two stinkers, but regardless of those blips on the radar, they tied their best October record with eight wins – a feat that the team hasn’t accomplished since 2005-06. I don’t need to remind you guys what else happened that year (insert eyes emoji).
That being said, enough time has passed this season for us all to notice a few ‘holes’ in the roster that are currently being filled by various players who should be a bit lower down on the depth chart (1st Line Brock, for instance).
Rod Brind’amour has managed to fill one or two of the gaps with players like Julien Gauthier, or Brian Gibbons, but I feel like it is time for a more permanent fix. On top of these ‘holes’, the Canes have a player or two that could be moved without much effect on the central core of the team, and (in one player’s case) finally give them the chance to break through into a full-time NHL role.
Keep in mind the Carolina Hurricanes only have about $1.14M in cap space, so most of these trades will be very tightly configured in terms of money, and will feature many of the same piece(s) being sent out by the Canes.
Before we get into this, you guys are going to get the patented Matthew Nidiffer Disclaimer for the first time in the 2019-20 season; this article is 100% subjective opinion. By no means am I suggesting the opinions expressed in this article are more correct or incorrect than yours, and I am not suggesting the team is actively pursuing any of these trades. That being said, here are the Top 3 players I think the Carolina Hurricanes should trade for.