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Report: Carolina could trade No. 5 overall pick

Jun 22, 2013, 12:22 PM EDT

Jim Rutherford AP

Carolina could prove to be one of the more intriguing teams to watch at the NHL Draft next weekend.

Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer says GM Jim Rutherford could be looking to move out of the fifth overall spot in the first-round and move down if the player they’re looking for is gone. He adds the team also isn’t looking to move up to get said player. That’s a bit of ambivalent way to look at the draft, but unless you know who they want, the door is open for teams to pitch an offer.

The Hurricanes are in dire need of top-level defensemen. Dangling the No. 5 pick to a team with a defenseman to spare that’s looking to move up in the draft could be the plan here. With top-pair blue liners coming at a premium, finding a team lower in the draft with one to spare that’s looking for a potential future elite forward is the key.

Hey, isn’t Kris Letang maybe available? Pittsburgh and Carolina sure did nice business last summer.

  1. caniac4ever - Jun 22, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    I’m thinking that Nurse is the guy we want. Most likely we’ ll stay at #5. Sounds like Rutherford is just stirring the pot a bit, like most other GM’s have been lately. Pittsburgh will want way too much for Letang so I hope that doesn’t happen. Either way, I’m looking forward to the draft!!

  2. pensman29 - Jun 22, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Ya I was gonna say… Pitt would trade letang for the 5th overall pick, and then they would want another roster player (defenseman) that could go next year.

    • caniac4ever - Jun 22, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      Shero will be looking for more than #5 and a roster player for Letang. Rutherford isn’t going to give up that much. Plus we are closer to the cap ceiling than we ever have been. And Faulk will be locked up for a nice chunk of change. We need a left shot shut down D-man.

      • storminator16 - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        * Shero will be looking for more than #5 and a roster player for Letang. +1
        * Rutherford isn’t going to give up that much. +1
        * Plus we are closer to the cap ceiling than we ever have been. +1
        * And Faulk will be locked up for a nice chunk of change. +1
        * We need a left shot shut down D-man. +1

        How this comment gets 7 down votes boggles the mind. I think does outside of Caniac Nation are wishfully thinking. Rutherford will probably do something interesting on draft day but probably not what you think.

        With that said, I will not be shocked if Edmonton has two deals done on draft day and Carolina is one of them.

      • storminator16 - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:40 AM

        “does outside of Caniac Nation” = “those outside of Caniac Nation”.

    • killerpgh - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      Letang and 3rd round pick to the Canes for the 5th overall, 2nd round pick, Victor Rask and Phil Di Giuseppe

  3. bladesofsteal - Jun 22, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    It would take more then the #5 pick, but wonder if Nashville would be interested in Weber for the #5 pick + something… And yes, I know Weber can’t be traded until early July, but the Predators could still dictate who Carolina could take for them.

  4. phlyerzpwnu - Jun 22, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Letang and Fleury for Cam Ward, Gleason and the #5 please

    • caniac4ever - Jun 22, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      No no and no.

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jun 22, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      Not happening, The pens are committed to Fluery getting his mind right and returning to the form that helped the Pens to two straight stanley cup finals.

      Furthermore if they cannot reach an agreement with Letang for under 6.25 million a year they will not trade him unless a return of a top 10 pick, a roster player and a highend prospect is received. Otherwise they will let him play out the majority of 2013-2014 season and continue to work on an extension or trade him at the deadline for the prior stated return.

    • live4hockey - Jun 22, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      …leave it to a Flyer fan LOL

  5. operwapitsai - Jun 22, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Capitals! Schultz wants out anyway and he is a big capable defenseman which is what they need down south. throw in a few extra pieces both ways and there ya go

    • live4hockey - Jun 22, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      bwahaha! Schultz is awful and has no business in the NHL…capable? really??

  6. Brian - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Edmonton would move #7 and a defenseman for #5, but only if Barkov is left on the board. They wouldn’t do it for Lindholm or Nicushkin, they’ll sit at #7 and take Nurse or Monahan.

    • Brian - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      #7 and a defenseman not named Justin Schultz, I should say.

      • ray2013 - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        They would try to throw in Hemsky or Horcoff as part of any package deal, but otherwise that seems pretty accurate with what MacT is talking about.

  7. modellforprez - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    i would think Ray shero would wanna move letang out west. he is not gonna build a All star team for the Hurricanes no matter what they are Dangling

    • bardown66 - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      An all star team on the hurricanes? They didn’t even make the post season last year. With new divisional set ups they won’t be as good as Pittsburgh, NYI, or Washington in all likelihood.

  8. c1md6 - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    We will give you delzotto for your 555th pick!

  9. travishenryskid - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Buffalo should offer Sekera + 8 for 5 to grab Lindholm. Then move 16 + 38 to move up and grab what is left of Nurse, Ristolainin or Zadarov.

    • bullwinkle88 - Jun 22, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      That makes perfect sense to me. Especially if we’re looking at Lindholm, Monahan, or Nichushikin. (I’m sure Barkov would be long gone by then)

  10. skyjack7 - Jun 24, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Instead of Norris trophy candidate Letang, Edler might be available, he is not being actively dangled for sale per say, but his NTC doesn’t kick in till July, and I believe the Canucks gm mike gillis is trying to get into the top 5 overall picks this year.

    But instead of Letang for 5th overall plus a roster player, the Canucks trade would probably be a lot cheaper, like Edler PLUS a first rd pick just for the 5th overall and maybe a cheap right side dman.

    I only bring up Edler because he’s our top asset to trade, and the Canucks are in dire need for a future center to take over the reigns of the Sedins/Kesler in 3-4 years or so.

    Not to mention we have a plethora of top4 left side dmen in Hamhuis, Garrison, Edler and Ballard.

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