2 Carolina Hurricanes Likely To Be Traded This Offseason

The Carolina Hurricanes put up a good fight this season but unfortunately for their fanbase, fell to an overpowering Tampa Bay Lightning hockey club. While the 'Canes have a core that's built around the likes of Sebastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov, Jordan Staal, and Teuvo Teravainen, there complimentary pieces need to be tinkered with. Expect their management to be busy this summer. 

2 Carolina Hurricanes Likely to be Traded:

Jesper Fast: The 29-year-old winger appeared in 46 games this season, recording 19 points. Add this to three points in 11 playoff games and Fast couldn't keep up to the pace. It was the former New York Ranger's first season in Carolina after signing a three-year deal worth $2 million and the Hurricanes will now be looking to see what kind of market exists. 

Jake Gardiner: To say it hasn't worked out in Carolina for Gardiner since arriving from the Toronto Maple Leafs would be an understatement. After signing a four-year deal worth $16.2 million, Gardiner has never been able to find his place on the 'Canes d-core. The versatile smooth-skater has a huge ceiling of potential that he's just never been able to tap into. 

Gardiner didn't score this season and recorded eight assists in the 26 games he appeared in. He managed to play in one playoff game and it's obvious the team doesn't believe in him. The former first-round pick holds no-trade protection with a list of seven teams he chooses to avoid and Hurricanes management will be doing what they can to get one of the other teams convinced to add the defender. 

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