The All Star break is officially here and the Hurricanes can find some satisfaction in the fact that they are currently in 8th place in the Eastern Conference. Their 51 points put them in the playoffs for now, although that spot is tenuous at best.
Lurking right behind the Hurricanes are the Florida Panthers with 50 points. The problem? The Panthers have only played 46 games and have two games in hand on the Canes. Caniacs can well remember last year when the Caps had a game in hand and jumped over the Hurricanes with a win on their very last game of the year.
Also close behind are the Pittsburgh Penguins, a dangerous team even with their recent struggles. You can bet that they will be a formidable opponent before it's all said and done.
All of this leads to a question. Should the Canes be looking to add some help before the trade deadline? Their 121 goals scored is the lowest number in the top 12 teams in the East. Even Toronto has scored more. (136). Logic would dictate that if the Canes added another player, it should be a forward.
James Mirtle recently looked at some of the players who will be available at the deadline. Let's review his list and see if any of the forwards could help.
- Bill Guerin
- Doug Weight
- Mike Comrie
- Keith Tkachuk
- Andy McDonald
- Steve Sullivan
- Kyle Calder
- Mike Sillinger
- Gary Roberts
- Nick Antropov
- Derek Armstrong
- Mark Recchi
- Radek Bonk
- Chris Gratton
- Chris Neil
Do any of these names get you excited? Would any of these guys help? The bad part about adding someone is that it would cost the franchise a valuable draft pick or two. Is it worth it?
On the other side of the coin, the Canes could be looking to trade an asset and try to acquire some extra draft picks or prospects before the deadline. Of course, the playoffs should be nearly out of reach before they consider that course of action, but that is a distinct possibility.
What do you think? Should the Canes be buyers and who would you like to see them acquire?