Report: Hurricanes Bringing In Veteran Netminder On PTO

The Carolina Hurricanes have been a mess in net this season. As usual, Frederik Andersen has spent most of the season out of the lineup, only playing six games. Both Pyotr Kochetkov and Antti Raanta have struggled, but for the most part, Kochetkov has done better and is the future for the Hurricanes. With an .854 SV% this season, the Hurricanes finally had enough and waived Raanta. He has since cleared waivers and is in the minors.

This move saw Yaniv Perets recalled to back up Kochetkov. While Andersen is closer to returning, the team has chosen to bring in another veteran on a PTO for the time being and to be the third string if it works out. They already tried bringing in a veteran on a PTO with Jaroslav Halak earlier this season. This time, Elliotte Friedman reports that Aaron Dell, currently without an NHL contract, is headed to Carolina on a PTO.

The 34-year-old has played in 130 NHL games and started 106 across seven seasons. He has a respectable .905 SV% for his career and most recently played for the San Jose Sharks in three games last season, posting a .913 SV%. The Hurricanes should be much better defensively and in net than they are. For the time being, things may work out with Dell and the team inks him to a league-minimum one-year deal. The Hurricanes need help and who knows how many more games Andersen will miss this year in total. Dell is capable of starting some games here and there behind Kochetkov.

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