The Carolina Hurricanes are in need of some forward help and with a couple teams playing below standard, there’s some trade options available.
The Carolina Hurricanes are in a situation where they need to add some high-end scoring to their top lines while Martin Necas, Andrei Svechnikov and other young players continue to develop. With teams like the St. Louis Blues and Los Angeles Kings currently struggling, it seems like they’d be perfect teams to make a defenseman for forward trade with.
St. Louis Blues
St. Louis have quite a few interesting forwards they might be willing to move, with the biggest name being Vladimir Tarasenko. Tarasenko may be too high of a price for the Hurricanes though, and another option who stands out is left wing Jaden Schwartz.
Schwartz has put up a total of 285 points to date in his 400 game NHL career and he’s a reliable 50-60 point scorer annually. He’s a left handed shot and this season, he has only 3 goals but a total of 14 points through 20 games with the Blues.
According to Capfriendly, he also has a fairly team friendly deal with a cap hit of $5.35M for two more seasons following the current one. Getting roughly two and a half seasons with Schwartz would hopefully be enough to convince him that it’s a place he wants to stay when he signs his next deal.
Los Angeles Kings
Making a deal with Los Angeles would likely be more complicated, as they’re in a very odd situation. They’ll probably be willing to give up nearly any player, but only if the price is right. They’re not in the same state of mind as St. Louis. They’re at a point where they want to win now, but based on the Carl Hagelin for Tanner Pearson trade, it seems they’re willing to re-tool and make some changes.
The player the Carolina Hurricanes should take a look at is a former line-mate of Pearson, Tyler Toffoli. Toffoli is slightly worse than Schwartz, only averaging roughly 40-50 points per season. However, he’s a reliable 20 goal scorer with a solid playmaking ability. Slotting him next to Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechnikov could give the Canes a true top line going forward.
Whenever a younger player is ready to take his spot, Toffoli would slot in nicely on the second line as well. He’s a player who can be used pretty much anywhere in the lineup and as long as he gets ice time, he’ll be effective.
According to Capfriendly, he has one less year on his contract however he also has a smaller cap hit at only $4.6M a year. The only issue is that he may leave at the end of next season as an unrestricted free agent.
Either of these players would be excellent additions to the Hurricanes and could give them not only scoring from the top six, but adding a single player could increase depth scoring down the lineup.
stats from hockey-reference.com