NHL Rumors: 2 Carolina Hurricanes Trade Candidates

The Carolina Hurricanes have become a powerhouse out of the eastern conference and management is looking to make a splash before the trade deadline to put their team over the top. The Canes sit with a 41-13-5 record on the season and certainly don't have a ton of holes to fill in their lineup. Regardless, they'll look to make a couple of finishing touches on their roster which means look for these two Hurricanes to be included in any deal:

Ryan Suzuki

The younger brother of Montreal Canadiens Nick Suzuki, the Hurricanes former first-round pick finds himself in trade talks as a number of teams have interest in the 20-year-old center. With the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League this season, the younger Suzuki has managed to record only eight points and has struggled to find his game at the pro level so far in the early parts of his career. Regardless, he holds a ton of trade value as he's loaded with intangibles and the Hurricanes have been linked to some big names including Claude Giroux in Philadelphia and Jakob Chychrun out of Arizona. If either blockbuster transpires, looks for Suzuki to be included in the package.

Nino Niederreiter

The 6-foot-2 218 pound winger plays a heavy game and has been enjoying a fine season so far in 2021-22, recording 17 goals and 31 points in 53 games. A pending free agent making $5.25 million in his final season of his contract, Niederreiter could get stuck in a numbers game and be moved out as he's likely not signing an extension in Carolina. There is a ton of interest in the player as playoff bound teams in the western conference would love to get their hands on the big bodied winger. It will be interesting to see what the Hurricanes decide to do with their own rental as he could be included in a mega-package to make the money work out for both teams. Adding Niederreiter in the deal certainly gives Carolina some more options moving forward and could help create some cap flexibility for other trades to transpire before the March 21 deadline. 
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