Carolina Hurricanes Rumors: Forward Becoming Trade Candidate

With one year left on his contract, it's possible that Carolina Hurricanes 10-year NHL veteran forward Teuvo Teravainen might have played his last game with the team. 

Beat writer Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer explains that the 'Canes just might be looking ahead at Teravainen's impending free agency next summer and get out in front of it by offering him up to any willing takers this offseason. He's set to earn $5.4M in his upcoming walk year.

Will the 'Canes want to extend him? That's a question they must answer and decide if they'd be better off finding what they can get in return now. 

Definitely an asset on the penalty-kill, the 28-year-old playmaking Finnish forward, however, had his poorest offensive season in six years, notching just 37 points on 12 goals and 25 assists in 68 games. He's been a top-line winger in his time with Carolina, and the team has come to expect something on the order of 65-point seasons from him. 

Despite the down year, Teravainen would be a coveted asset around the league. 

Injuries took their toll this year, as he missed 14 games during the regular season, and was out for a huge chunk of this year's playoffs with a broken hand.

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