Carolina Hurricanes Shopping 1st round pick for defenseman

It has been widely reported that Carolina Hurricanes GM Don Waddell is looking to fill the huge void left on defense when All-Star defenseman Dougie Hamilton suffered a season ending broken leg. TSN's Pierre LeBrun has reported that the Hurricanes are shopping a first round pick in this years draft, the Hurricanes also have the Maple Leafs first pick this year.

It is believed that Carolina does not want a rental player at the deadline, the Hurricanes want someone with at least another year remaining on their contract. There are three teams that can possibly be the trading partner that Don Waddell have been searching for. 

The Buffalo Sabres have been out of the playoff race for what seems like eternity. There have been many reports of unhappy players in Buffalo, with defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen has been rumored to have requested a trade in October. Another 1st round pick would be of interest to the perpetual rebuilding Sabres, although patience is running thin in Buffalo waiting for prospects to turn into players. 


The New York Rangers have a deep defense prospect pool. Adam Fox, D'Andre Miller, Nils Lundkvist, along with already signed long-term Jacob Trouba and Brady Skjei. Tony DeAngelo seems to be the odd man out in New York. DeAngelo had a tough negotiation with the Rangers last summer and signed a one year deal for under $1 million. DeAngelo is having a career year this season and is due a significant pay raise this summer. The Rangers have recent trade history with the Hurricanes, the Hurricanes traded rookie defenseman Adam Fox to New York for a 2nd round pick in this years draft. DeAngelo has the offensive tools to be a good stop-gap for losing Hamilton this season, and is young enough to be part of the future core of the team for a long time. 

The Minnesota Wild have two defenseman that the Hurricanes may have interest in acquiring, Matt Dumba and Jonas Brodin. It was reported earlier this week that Wild GM Bill Guerin is listening to offers on both Dumba and Brodin, it is believed Guerin wants a top-2 centre for either defenseman. The Wild just acquired  Pittsburgh's first round pick in a deal for Jason Zucker. The 2020 draft is considered to be a "deep" draft by most NHL scouts, this maybe enough to entice the Wild to move one of Brodin or Dumba if they fall out of playoff contention in the next week.

Only 11 more days until the deadline, which team will set off the trade frenzy?


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