Carolina Hurricanes' Worst Trade Of The Past Year

The Carolina Hurricanes have completed some fairly big trades over the past year and have usually come out on top. They seem to know the ins and outs of who to acquire on defence and when to move on from someone in the back-end as well. But in terms of forwards, they haven't been so fortunate in hitting on their deals. The worst trade the Hurricanes have made over the past year is bringing in Jesse Puljujarvi from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Patrik Puistola.

Though the trade featured an NHLer with potential for a prospect not yet playing in North America, the Hurricanes brought in a player that has struggled to produce in any capacity offensively over the past season and a half. He spent time on the fourth line or even as a healthy scratch in Edmonton for the better part of this season before the trade. There was also the thought that the Oilers wouldn't even be able to move Puljujarvi without having to attach an asset to him. In the trade, Carolina took on the entire cap hit of $3 million.

Puljuajrvi is not worth $3 million right now and the 24-year-old has no points in seven games since changing teams while playing on the top line. He may be good at defence, but his finishing ability has disappeared along with his confidence. His acquisition stopped any other big forward acquisitions from happening at the trade deadline and now the team is down Andrei Svechnikov for the remainder of the season.

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