5 Last-Minute Trades Carolina Hurricanes Should Consider Before 2014-15 Trade Deadline

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5 Last-Minute Trades Carolina Hurricanes Should Consider Before 2014-15 Trade Deadline

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As the Carolina Hurricanes look to sell off assets in the midst of an all-out fire sale, prospects and draft picks will be what the team covets most. Moving the team’s veterans could work well for developing a bright future in Carolina.

5. Jiri Tlusty to the Winnipeg Jets

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5. Jiri Tlusty to the Winnipeg Jets

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With the Jets' banged-up forwards, I think they’d be willing to give up for the pending free agent than other teams in contention. Tlusty could use a change of scenery, and it goes without saying the team could use the second or third-round pick that the Jets would surely give up to land Tlusty.

4. Tim Gleason to the Tampa Bay Lightning

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4. Tim Gleason to the Tampa Bay Lightning

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The Lighting could use the help on defense and would be willing to part with a draft pick or mid-level prospect to land the former U.S. Olympian. Given Gleason’s history with the team, I wouldn’t rule out him returning to the Hurricanes this summer.

3. Andrej Sekera to the Los Angeles Kings

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3. Andrej Sekera to the Los Angeles Kings

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The Kings need help on defense. Sekera is an unsigned free agent and the Hurricanes could use the prospects and picks LA would give up for the former Slovakian Olympian. Teams will be knocking down the door for Sekera’s services and given their need on the blue line, I feel the Kings would be willing to part with the most assets to land him.

2. Alex Semin to the New York Islanders

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2. Alex Semin to the New York Islanders

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I don’t see the Islanders trading for Semin’s massive deal, but I can see him fitting in nicely on a line with John Tavares. A change of scenery could work well for both parties and despite an abysmal season in Carolina, I can see the former Russian Olympian having a career revival in Uniondale.

1. Jordan Staal to the Pittsburgh Penguins

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1. Jordan Staal to the Pittsburgh Penguins

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I don’t see this happening, but apparently the Penguins are interested in reacquiring their former center. Jim Rutherford brought Staal to Carolina and now the Penguins GM is supposedly willing to trade for the younger Staal again. Not only would he fetch a plethora of assets, but the team would rid of Staal’s contract that pays him $6 million per year through 2023.

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