Aside from the off-the-ice excitement generated by the Stadium Series game, two things have caught my eye over the last week surrounding the Carolina Hurricanes. One is a conductor change on the Hanfield Express in Saturday’s 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals. The other is way too many trade rumors involving Seth Jarvis, despite his lights-out plays this season.
Jarvis Off the Table
I am not a trade rumor hound, a salary cap expert, or the General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, so whatever I say is going to amount to a hill’s worth of popcorn farts.
Still, I do not think any trade that deals away Seth Jarvis is a good one. I understand teams wanting Jarvis specifically, and the Hurricanes potentially wanting a player(s) that requires a trade of Jarvis. That’s the nature of the game.
But there are better options.
With players currently in the Hurricane’s system, future considerations, draft picks, the preexisting cap space, and a expanding salary cap next year, there should not be a need to trade Jarvis, or any roster player currently. It is even possible to sign someone this year, and still resign key players next year.
Recently, it has been very easy, and way too popular to be vocal on social media and in the blogosphere with talk trades. Everyone wants someone. One side thinks Timo Meir is the answer to everything. Another side wants Patrick Kane to solve our problems. A third side wants Wayne Gretzky. Still a fourth side is ready to trade away the 2023 and 2024 draft picks, plus 13 pieces of silver for this guy out of Nazareth that skates so well he doesn’t need ice.
What seems to slip the mind of the traders (not traitors) is that teams want something in return for players. Carolina has made such great moves lately, and been so lucky they have worked (with a few exceptions), the rest of the NHL is catching on to the game. And they are wanting more from Carolina, than a) Carolina should give up and b) Hurricanes fans realize they will have to give up.
Personally, my tent is pitched in the “We do not need to trade for anything” camp. I might consider a move to the “Adding something for cash and draft picks” side of the road. You can keep your bridge and oceanfront property in Arizona when it comes to trading away what Carolina has hitting the ice.