Carolina Hurricanes "Tried Really Hard" To Acquire Sharks Defenseman

The Carolina Hurricanes have actively pursued a trade for defenseman Mario Ferraro from the San Jose Sharks, and reportedly "tried really hard" to acquire him this past offseason.

Ferraro, a 25-year-old promising player in the NHL with an attractive contract, is signed for two more seasons at an affordable average annual value of $3.25 million.

The Hurricanes' interest in Ferraro signals their determination to bolster their defensive lineup, with the young rearguard catching their attention.

Thus far this season, the 25-year-old has zero goals and four assists, along with an ugly -18 plus/minus rating across 25 games played. He's also averaging 22:02 time on ice this season.

However, the San Jose Sharks, who are in a rebuilding phase, face a crucial decision regarding Ferraro's future.

While they may see him as a valuable asset for their long-term plans, the Hurricanes' pursuit has raised the possibility of a trade.

Over his five-year career in the NHL, spent entirely with San Jose, Ferraro has amassed nine goals and 57 total points over 277 games played, along with a -75 plus/minus rating. Photo Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports