Lastly, we have Andrew Copp. Copp is a player that I personally feel has been a bit under-the-radar and hasn’t been talked about nearly as much as one would expect. Copp, who is both inexpensive and a good depth piece, would fill some of the Hurricanes’ defensive depth holes.
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Copp could realistically fit really well with the Hurricanes, and similarly to Chychrun could benefit from being put into a new environment. Copp fits Rod Brind’Amour’s playstyle, which definitely adds to the fact that he’s an attractive piece to the Hurricanes.
There’s a part of me that feels this might be the splash that the Hurricanes could choose to make. He’s not overly expensive and could serve as a good rental if they choose not to extend him come summertime, though I don’t think it’s impossible that the Hurricanes could choose to find a way to keep him around.
Keep in mind, if Carolina chooses to put Jordan Martinook on LTIR, that gives them an extra $1.8M in cap space to make a move, so making a move such as this one now isn’t exactly out of the cards, and could open up plenty of options come the deadline on Monday. Waddell is known for making splashes on the deadline that aren’t overly significant, but fill the holes needed to stabilize whatever needs the Hurricanes currently have, in this case, left-handed defensemen.
If the Hurricanes do choose to skip out on players like Chychrun or Lindholm, I would definitely keep my eye on Copp as a potential pickup.
As mentioned earlier, Copp is getting a lot less attention than some other players on the market, making a sneaky acquisition such as this one a little more interesting. Carolina could use a player like Copp, there’s no doubt about it, and while it may not be such a big name like Chychrun, Giroux, or Lindholm, it doesn’t make his value any less than theirs, and could seriously boost the Hurricanes’ depth pool.