Remembering The Biggest Trade Deadlines in Hurricanes History: The Dark Days Begin

After two long postseason runs in 2006 and 2009, the organization underwent a period of unprecedented mediocrity that spanned nearly a decade.
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Marc-Andre Bergeron
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Another lockout threatened to cancel the 2012-13 season as labor disputes and revenue sharing became big topics. Fortunately, a solution was met in January to salvage what was left of the season. This meant a shortened 48-game schedule. With fewer games, the Canes seemed to be doing alright. By mid-March, they led the Southeast Division and had the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference. Within ten games, their season had collapsed.

A 1-8-1 stretch knocked the Canes below .500 and out of a playoff spot. With the writing on the wall, they opted to hit the trade market. They acquired Marc-Andre Bergeron from the Lightning for Adam Hall and a 2013 7th Round pick. No one involved in the trade provided much value, with Bergeron producing just four points in 13 games, while Hall was immediately placed on waivers, and the pick, Joel Vermin, played just 24 games in the NHL.

The next day, the team parted with Jussi Jokinen, one of the biggest parts of the 2009 postseason run, being traded to the Penguins for a conditional pick. Jokinen scored 11 points in ten games as they finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference. However, he recorded just three assists in eight games in the postseason. The compensation the Canes received remains a mystery because I couldn't find it anywhere. I'm not sure if the conditions were met, but there doesn't appear to be any record of it.