With the NHL trade deadline right around the corner, the Hurricanes are being mentioned in just about every player that is on the market. The Canes currently have 76 points and stand atop the Metro with New Jersey not far behind at 72 and the Rangers following with 66. The New York Rangers recently acquired a top 6 winger in Vladamir Tarasenko.
With this news, the trade market for star forward Timo Meier has picked up.
Teams like the Hurricanes, Devils and Golden Knights are rumored to be top suitors for Meier. The 26-year-old right winger has scored 30 goals along with 21 assists in 53 games played this year.
This is a player that comes along every so often at the trade deadline. Meier dominates on both sides of the puck and is an impact winger that any team would be lucky to add.
With his speed and ability to force his way to the front of the net, the Swiss forward is a playmaker. Meier recently tallied two goals and an assist in a 4-3 overtime win over Tampa Bay.
As reported by Pierre Lebrun, New Jersey, and Carolina are keenly interested in Meier.
The rumored asking price is that the Sharks are seeking at least three assets in return for Meier in any trade. For the Canes to secure the impact winger they would have to outbid the New Jersey Devils.
A deal that could work is the Canes sending Seth Jarvis, an A prospect like Drury/Nikishin, and a first-round draft pick to San Jose in exchange for Meier. Don Waddell and the team’s front office will not likely do the deal if they cannot extend him to a long-term contract.
Something the Canes have in their favor is Brent Burns possibly chirping in the ear of Meier and telling him how great of a place Raleigh is to play, as well as the fact that the team just did a deal trading for Burns this off-season.
It looks like Meier won’t make it to the trade deadline and will end up on a different team before March 3. This is the type of player that can turn any contending team into an instant Stanley Cup favorite.