It’s been reported that the Carolina Hurricanes are scouting Jeff Petry, Ben Chiarot, and Brett Kulak of the Montreal Canadiens as the team seeks to add to the back end in preparation for the push for the Stanley Cup. I’m not sure I completely understand why, but if this is what’s being reported, let’s have a little look at it and whether or not it makes sense for the Carolina Hurricanes to try to make a move for one of these players.
Don Waddell has been very public with his desires for some additions to the backend, saying that he’s not going to subtract from the team that has been s dominant to this point in the season, but it is only right to at least consider the possibility because there’s a lot of weird things that happen in this sport. Would it really shock anyone if the Canes did something completely unexpected like this?
Given what has happened recently with the offer sheet sagas between the two franchises, you would perhaps expect the Hurricanes to be ignoring calls from the Quebecois organization, but there’s no certainty. Montreal and Carolina have found themselves making deals even during this whole debacle. Carolina traded the rights of a pending UFA defenseman to Montreal for a 5th round pick after the bubble.
Reports have suggested that the Carolina Hurricanes are willing to explore all avenues to add a defenseman to their ranks before the NHL trade deadline on March the 21st. Waddell has been publicly saying that they will not make a move for the sake of making a move. It will have to be the right player at the right price for the right need for the Hurricanes organization to discuss the possibility internally. So do any of these players fit the holes the Hurricanes have on the roster?