By Michael Peckerar @michaelpeckerar on March 31, 2014
Conventional wisdom points to the fact that the Carolina Hurricanes are about to have an offseason fire sale. That's old news. However, since no-trade clauses have apparently ceased to be a thing, nobody is really safe.
As the Hurricanes prepare to clean house, which players ought to be listed as hands-off?
Silent J is no joke.
With a lot of the team falling down around him --particularly the defense -- Sekera has remained one of the few consistent players on the roster. Not only does he deserve to stay, he deserves a long term contract.
Despite the fact that he's locked up in a pretty juicy contract, his name has come up in some pretty stupid trade rumors.
Skinner needs to stick around on the condition that whomever is in charge of that sort of thing coaches him into something resembling consistency. He played in spurts this season, which really can't be happening.
Tlusty is another one who popped up in some pretty baseless trade rumors. While he occasionally makes an idiot mistake, that kind of thing can be ironed out with proper coaching. In the end, he's a clutch guy who has a nasty habit of coming up big when it's needed the most.
Call him "Road House", because the way he plays -- you'd think he'd be bigger.
When on his game, Gerbe is nothing but a spark plug. He embodies the exact style the Hurricanes need to embrace moving forward. Flash with grit, calculated risks, and a conservative recklessness that is always perfectly timed.
Technically two players, they need to be thought of as a unit.
Eric Staal has been brought up in the same stupid rumors as Skinner, but these need to be dismissed. Furthermore, placing Eric on the same line as his brother Jordan is a gamble that will pay off in the long run. Not only do they compliment each other skill-wise, but they enjoy skating together, and when guys are having fun -- goals happen.
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