Remembering The Biggest Trade Deadlines in Hurricanes History: Return to Relevance

After nearly a decade without postseason hockey, it took some massive changes to turn a struggling franchise into a consistent threat in the Eastern Conference.
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Shayne Gostisbehere
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Last season's trade deadline will not be looked at fondly by some, especially after an injury that no one could've seen coming. Before the deadline, the Hurricanes brought in former 4th overall pick Jesse Puljujarvi from the Oilers for prospect Patrik Puistola. After struggling to start the season, the hope was that a change of scenery would be helpful for Puljujarvi. That wouldn't be the case. Puljujarvi had just two assists in 17 games before adding just one assist in seven postseason games. He underwent hip surgery in the offseason and signed with the Penguins during the All-Star Break.

On deadline day, the Canes' only move was to strengthen their defense. They traded a pick in 2026 to the Coyotes for Shayne Gostisbehere. Almost instantly, Gostisbehere made an impact. In his first two games, he scored two goals and four points, all on the power play. He wouldn't be able to keep up this pace, finishing with ten points in 22 games to finish the regular season. Gostisbehere added just three assists in 15 postseason games. While the Gostisbehere trade wasn't a bad deal, the fans would've liked to see the front office be a little more aggressive by bringing in a goal-scorer. This was emphasized more when Andrei Svechnikov went down with a torn ACL less than two weeks later.