The Carolina Hurricanes are exploring trade possibilities for forward Teuvo Teravainen, reports TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie (Twitter link). The revelation is intriguing as Teravainen is just 22 years old and is believed to be part of Carolina’s core moving forward.
The Hurricanes added Teravainen from Chicago back in the offseason as part of the deal that also saw them pick up Bryan Bickell’s contract. He has fared pretty well in his first season with the ‘Canes, picking up 11 goals and 18 assists through 58 games while averaging a career high in ice time at 15:54 per night. The former 2012 first rounder (18th overall) is on pace to beat his career best in points of 35 which was set last season.
One possible reason for Carolina checking around on what they could get for Teravainen is his contract situation. He’s slated to become a restricted free agent this offseason and would be a candidate for a bridge deal coming off his entry-level pact. If the Hurricanes do move him, he won’t be an expensive piece for the acquiring team as he has a cap hit of just $833K, though that amount can be increased to just under $1.5MM if all of his performance bonuses are hit.