The Hurricanes have been at the center of trade speculation lately with their surplus of defensemen that they are willing to deal from. In the latest TSN Insider Trading (video link), Pierre LeBrun of TSN and The Athletic noted that interest has picked up lately on blueliner Justin Faulk. The veteran was believed to be a strong trade candidate over the summer but instead, he has fulfilled his usual top-four role, logging more than 22 minutes a night on Carolina’s back end. With a $4.833MM cap hit through next season, he’d likely yield a comparable return to Jake Muzzin.
Meanwhile, LeBrun adds that Micheal Ferland is someone that could be dealt sooner rather than later. He notes that the winger’s playing style makes him more susceptible to injury and accordingly, there is some extra risk if the Hurricanes keep him around until the deadline. He notes that Boston, Nashville, and Pittsburgh are among the teams that have shown an interest in the pending UFA so far.
More from the Metropolitan Division:
- While Monday’s trade of Jamie Oleksiak back to Dallas freed up more than $2MM in cap room for Pittsburgh, GM Jim Rutherford told Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that there is no immediate plan to make another move but that he believes the extra cap space will give them some more options between now and the deadline. The deal gives the Penguins enough cap room to activate defenseman Justin Schultz off LTIR without having to make any corresponding roster moves and presumably, the team will wait until that happens before pursuing other trade opportunities.
- The Capitals told defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler to find a more permanent living arrangement, notes Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post. This is a sign that he will be up with the team for the remainder of the season (once he’s formally recalled following their bye week after being sent down to free up some extra cap space). The 21-year-old has held his own on Washington’s third pairing since being recalled in mid-November, logging over 14 minutes a night in 22 games so far. The Caps have typically pursued defensive depth at the trade deadline but the emergence of Siegenthaler as a reliable option will likely allow them to focus on additions up front.