3 Potential Trade Destinations for Hurricanes' Martin Necas

Martin Necas of the Carolina Hurricanes continues to be a name making the rounds on the trade market.

The 25-year-old forward is a pending restricted free-agent and given the Hurricanes financial situation this summer, the team is looking to move on from Necas and turn their attention to signing the likes of Jake Guentzel and Seth Jarvis to long-term contracts. 

Necas is coming off a 53-point season and another nine points in 11 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He made $3 million each of the last two seasons and now is likely looking for something closer to $8-8.5 million annually on his next deal.

Here's three potential trade destinations for Necas:

Chicago Blackhawks

One team loaded with cap space, and an aggressive GM, the Blackhawks are a team to watch this summer. They saw first hand how good Connor Bedard is going to be and could look to find some more offensive weapons to surround their young star with. Necas fits the bill. He's one of the fastest players in the league and his hockey sense is off the charts. Could be a good fit between these two clubs.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff mentioned the Blue Jackets as a potential destination recently and frankly, it makes a ton of sense. The Blue Jackets are looking to continue and expedite their rebuild and now with Don Waddell in charge, he could very well target his former player. The Blue Jackets are loaded with young talent which will appease Carolina because of the financial flexibility that comes with entry-level contracts.

Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks pulled off nine trades last season and GM Patrik Allvin will be busy this summer as well. Necas would give them another top-six weapon and it's likely if any deal is done out of Vancouver, Ilya Mikheyev is included, even if it means Vancouver has to retain some of his remaining salary. The Canucks are certainly a team to watch here as they're motivated to re-tool and are likely losing Elias Lindholm to free agency.

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