This name should be of no surprise to anyone: Vincent Trocheck. Accumulating 92 points in 129 games with the Hurricanes, Trocheck has not only gained massive support from the Caniacs but has been an incredibly stable and high-end talent for Carolina. With 47 points (19G, 28A) on the season, it leaves many wondering what exactly the Hurricanes’ upper management plans to do with Trocheck come the summertime.
Personally, I’m actually not sure where exactly Trocheck falls in Waddell’s list of priorities. Now, there is absolutely no denying that he’s likely up at the top, as he is an extremely important piece to this Hurricanes team, it’s just that with so many contracts up in the air, it’s hard to tell where exactly each of those contracts falls. We’ve got Necas and Nino, as we’ve already discussed today, but there are also players like DeAngelo, Domi, Stepan, Cole, Bear, you get the idea.
I do really enjoy having Trocheck on this team. He’s been a great addition ever since Carolina traded Haula, Wallmark, and two prospects for him, which I and many others agree was a complete steal, as neither Haula nor Wallmark are even with the Panthers anymore.
Ultimately, I think this is gonna be a bit of a battle between getting either Nino or Trocheck signed in the offseason. I’m not totally sure of the likelihood of securing both with all of the other contracts that still have to be worked out, but for certain, I believe one of them will return. Also, Trocheck is a super likable person, like SUPER likable. I know that may not mean much when we talk about on-ice performance, but it helps a lot of fans connect with him and grow to like him, and I think that goes a long way.
Who all do you hope the Hurricanes decide to keep? If they let someone walk, who do you feel should fill their place on Carolina’s active roster? Let us know!