NHL Rumors: 3 Carolina Hurricanes Free-Agent Targets

The Carolina Hurricanes were having a wonderful offseason until Max Pacioretty tore his Achilles. The newly acquired veteran forward is slated to miss at least six months and now the Hurricanes are in scramble mode to try and find a reasonable replacement in their lineup. Here's three free agents who the 'Canes should consider: 

Paul Stastny 

The former Winnipeg Jets forward can still get it done. Stastny is 36 years old and would give the Hurricanes a versatile option of someone who can play the wing and down the middle if need be. Last season he played great, scoring 21 times and recording 45 points in 71 games. Expect to see his name linked to the Hurricanes these next few weeks.

Sonny Milano

Another winger who could bring some speed and skill, Sonny Milano is an option for Carolina to replace Max Pacioretty. He plays the game tough and would likely fit in nicely to Rod Brind'Amour's system. Milano spent last season with the Anaheim Ducks, recording 34 points in 66 games. The Ducks walked away from Milano's qualifying offer and now expectation is he'll sign a one-year deal around $1 million for next season. Something that would fit in nicely in Carolina.

Phil Kessel

Not necessary the best option as Pacioretty normally plays left wing however, if Carolina is serious about adding a veteran who can produce, there's perhaps no better available option than Phil Kessel. With the warm climate and a chance to win a Stanley Cup, this marriage makes a ton of sense on many levels. Kessel was a great mentor in Arizona and is now likely moving on to finding a contender for next season and it could very well be in Carolina.

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