The Carolina Hurricanes are sellers today; that’s no surprise to anyone. But instead of the usual suspects like Jay McClement, Derek Ryan or Matt Tennyson being the first entries into the deadline-day meat grinder, instead the first player mentioned that the Hurricanes are looking at maybe moving is...uh, Teuvo Teravainen?!
Hurricanes are looking at what they can get for Teuvo Teravainen. Interesting name out there. #tvasports— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) March 1, 2017
Interesting indeed, in the Chinese curse sense of the word, I suppose.
Teravainen, acquired last offseason along with Bryan Bickell in one of Ron Francis’ patented absorb-a-cap-hit-and-get-a-nice-player-too deals, is a restricted free agent after this season, the final one on his entry-level deal. He is not eligible for arbitration, and the Hurricanes would be able to make him a qualifying offer of around $1 million for next season to retain his rights.
In 58 games this season, Teravainen has 11 goals and 29 points, fifth on the team in both categories (tied in points with Elias Lindholm). He has only missed one game this year, a healthy scratch after a nightmare of a game in a 7-1 loss to the Penguins in January.
No word on who, if anyone, is specifically interested in Teravainen’s services, but at this time of year given where the Hurricanes are in the standings, Ron Francis will take any call that comes his way. Stay tuned...we’ll keep you posted.