Carolina Hurricanes: 5 Unanswered Questions after a Questionable November

RALEIGH, NC - NOVEMBER 29: Carolina Hurricane head coach Rod Brind'Amour watches play from the bench during a game between the Nashville Predators and the Carolina Hurricanes on November 29, 2019 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC. (Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - NOVEMBER 29: Carolina Hurricane head coach Rod Brind'Amour watches play from the bench during a game between the Nashville Predators and the Carolina Hurricanes on November 29, 2019 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC. (Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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RALEIGH, NC – NOVEMBER 18: Carolina Hurricanes Center Jordan Staal (11) defends New Jersey Devils Left Wing Taylor Hall (9) with his stick during a game between the New Jersey Devils and the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC on November 18, 2018. (Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC – NOVEMBER 18: Carolina Hurricanes Center Jordan Staal (11) defends New Jersey Devils Left Wing Taylor Hall (9) with his stick during a game between the New Jersey Devils and the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC on November 18, 2018. (Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Will this Team Trade for a Forward?

Now here is a possibly several million dollar question. Will the team add more offense? They absolutely need to. But can they? There are so many names starting to become available as the season continues as the tankers are becoming more and more obvious. Even big names like Taylor Hall are starting to be thrown around. The Hurricanes are absolutely interested but Don Waddell will have to do some magic.

The Carolina Hurricanes are sitting on about $1,126,643 of projected cap space with the possibility of getting more as contracts get moved back down to the minor leagues. So it becomes a game of moving cap space around to get another player. Unless they manage to coax a team to move a player on their ELC, which while ridiculous, is completely in Waddell’s wheelhouse.

So that leaves a few options. The most obvious is to move either Jake Gardiner or Trevor Van Riemsdyk . Gardiner would empty out about $4 million and TVR would add on $2.3 million in cap space. Both of those would help, but to get a guy like Hall, who has about $6 million in cap hit, they would need to make even MORE space, unless they convince other GMs to retain salary, which is absolutely possible for Waddell.

That all said, the Hurricanes have more than enough draft picks and prospects to make a move happen. It almost feels inevitable that there will be a new Hurricane by the end of February. Questions becomes when will the move happen, who will be involved and will Waddell once again get his burner number blocked by rest of the league?