Hurricanes Out On Coyotes Center, In On Blackhawks Center

The Carolina Hurricanes have made two trades this deadline already and taken on the full contracts of Jesse Puljujarvi and Shayne Gostisbehere. They aren't done as their second line has not been addressed yet. The team still has over $2.5 million to work with and add another player, whether that be a larger target with money retained or a cheaper player.

Among one of the centermen linked to the Hurricanes this season was Nick Schmaltz from the Arizona Coyotes. He is their top line center and has three years remaining on his deal at $5.85 million AAV. This would've addressed the Hurricanes' hole in their top-six for longer than just this season, but as Schmaltz wasn't included in the Gostisbehere deal, Elliotte Friedman said that he is not a target of Carolina anymore, but is still available.

Friedman noted that the Hurricanes will try to get Martin Necas and Seth Jarvis re-signed in the summer, a year early. This means the final addition for the Hurricanes should come in the form of a cheaper rental or player with one year remaining. Pierre LeBrun and Adrian Dater linked Max Domi to the Hurricanes ahead of the trade deadline and with his $3 million cap hit and excellent bounce-back season, the Hurricanes may be all over him. They should be able to get some of his cap hit retained to make a deal work.

Domi has been playing on the top line for Chicago this season and has 18 goals and 49 points in 60 games. The Hurricanes are familiar with him as he was their deadline addition last season as well. This time Domi will be in an elevated role and expected to fit in on the second line if acquired.

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