Craig Custance wrote earlier this week that "everyone" around the NHL is talking about the Hurricanes and the moves they could make this offseason. (The Athletic)
Custance listed Jeff Skinner, Noah Hanifin and Justin Faulk as 5-7 on his trade list and noted that while no one is quite sure which players will be moved, "the only conensus out there is that Carolina is doming SOMETHING" and that their new owner wouldn't have it "any other way." (The Athletic)
Pierre LeBrun noted on Wednesday that about a dozen teams reached out to Carolina this week and that Jeff Skinner is drawing a lot of interest. (TSN)
The Hurricanes are looking for a first round pick and prospect for Skinner and they are also "listening" on Faulk and "to some degree" Hanifin. (TSN)
Frank Seravalli wrote that there is a belief Vancouver offered the 7th overall pick to Carolina while discussing Hanifin but that Carolina would likely prefer to move Faulk. (TSN)
Carolina also owns the #2 pick.
Skinner,26, ($5.725 million) is a UFA after next season, Faulk, 26, is signed for two-more years at $4.8 million and Hanifin, 21, is an RFA.
Adam Rotter: Carolina has defensemen and the Rangers need defensemen but being in division could complicate things. Hanifin would be someone of interest because of his youth, age and since he's from the Boston area, possibly has some connection to David Quinn. He will be highly sought after though and you'd think Carolina wouldn't want to see him patrolling the Rangers blue line for the next ten-years. Faulk is a good player with some cost certainty but he's probably too similar to Kevin Shattenkirk and not a steady enough defender to play on the top-pair. Skinner has a concussion history and will get a nice raise after next season, but I'm not sure where he would fit with the Rangers. I'm sure there is some crazy scenario where the Rangers could get the 2nd overall pick, but I'm not sure the cost would be worth it.