NHL Trade Rumors: Nikolaj Ehlers Linked To Metropolitan Team In 1-For-1 Trade

Insider Darren Dreger has stirred the NHL offseason pot by linking Winnipeg Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers to the Carolina Hurricanes in a potential 1-for-1 swap for Martin Necas. 

This development suggests a significant move that could address the needs of both teams through a direct player exchange. 

Ehlers, entering the final year of his contract with a $6 million cap hit, has been subject to trade speculation as the Jets face financial decisions, particularly with the impending big-money contract for Kyle Connor. 

While the Jets would prefer to retain and possibly extend Ehlers, they are open to exploring trade options due to these financial considerations.

The 28-year-old recorded 25 goals and 36 assists for 61 total points across 82 games played this past season.

On the other side, Martin Necas, who is seeking a significant raise from his current $3 million cap hit as he approaches restricted free agency, has also attracted widespread interest. 

Necas posted 24 goals and 53 points in 77 games this season and is reportedly looking for a move from Carolina. 

He had a career-best season with 71 points the year before.

The Hurricanes have received interest from nearly every team in the league but have yet to find an offer that meets their expectations. 

A trade involving Ehlers and Necas would address both teams' needs, with the Hurricanes gaining a dynamic veteran scorer and the Jets acquiring a young forward with potential for further growth. 

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