2. Kevin Labanc
Kevin Labanc, yet another right-handed winger, re-signed in San Jose this offseason on an absolute sweetheart deal: one-year, $1M. This one might be a bit of a long shot, but Labanc would fit right in with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Labanc is currently sporting 5 goals and 4 assists in 15 games played, but his +/- is lacking; -11 in the same span of time. The Carolina Hurricanes need more right-handed forwards, and San Jose needs more defensive defensemen. Cue, yet again, Haydn Fleury.
Fleury, as mentioned before, has the potential to make an immediate impact on a team lacking defensive defensemen, and would do well with a team like San Jose. To be fair, it would take far more than Fleury to make the trade make sense for San Jose, so I would recommend sending the Toronto Maple Leafs’ conditional 1st Round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft alongside him for Labanc.
By far the biggest long shot in this list, this trade would prove to be beneficial for the Canes; Labanc brings scoring and physicality with his game. The 23 year-old winger registered 66 hits in the 2018-19 season, and currently has 6 in 15 games played. Speaking of right-handed wingers that are skilled offensively and physically, there is one left that makes the most sense to me for the Carolina Hurricanes to pick up.