5 Free Agents the Carolina Hurricanes Should Target this Offseason

By PowerPlayCJ

5 Free Agents the Carolina Hurricanes Should Target This Summer

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The Carolina Hurricanes enter their latest rebuild with the mindset of building around the young players on the roster and their first-round pick this year, which barring a trade will be No. 5 in the draft. Here are five players the Canes could target to aid in the seemingly never-ending rebuild with special emphasis on scorers to help the team's woeful offense.

5. Justin Williams

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5. Justin Williams

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It's a bit of a longshot, but I can’t think of a better story than the former Stanley Cup champ in Carolina coming “home” after winning two more Cups in L.A. to help mentor the Hurricanes’ younger players. Williams is no kid these days, but I think he has plenty of hockey left in him and could be a nice bit piece in Carolina’s latest attempt to be relevant again.

4. Mike Green

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4. Mike Green

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Signing Green would in theory cripple a division rival while simultaneously boosting Carolina’s otherwise abysmal power play. The thought of Green and U.S. Olympian Justin Faulk teaming up on the power play is one that would surely be a good sight for long suffering Canes fans.

3. Drew Stafford

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3. Drew Stafford

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The former Sabre looked good in Winnipeg and could be a nice complement to the team’s more finesse players. He won’t come cheap, but the former 30 goal scorer would really bolster the Canes’ offensive attack.

2. Joel Ward

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2. Joel Ward

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While it’s doubtful he’ll leave Washington, I think Ward’s size, grit and underrated offensive game could really help the Canes. Ward’s net front presence alone would make him worth acquiring as few players man the top of the crease better.

1. Michael Frolik

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1. Michael Frolik

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I think this is the most likely acquisition for Carolina -- a solid top-nine forward with plenty of experience who's under the age of 30. He may not be the sexiest name on the market, but from both a business and hockey side, adding Frolik on a one or two-year deal and giving him a shot to play with Eric Staal could work very well.

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