Will the Carolina Hurricanes make a deal before the deadline? The Hurricanes have made it known around the league they are willing to part with David Tanabe for some offensive help. “At this time last year, I had a real sense that we had things going and we could keep moving,” GM Rutherford told The News and Observer. “But we have to be careful with what we’re doing now because we have not had the consistency that we should have to have the success we had last year. So that’s where a decision is going to have to be made in the next month.”
With a plethora of defensemen, a deal could come. The newspaper speculated that David Tanabe and Andrew Hutchinson could be options for teams who need defensive help (Oilers, Islanders, Rangers, Pittsburgh). In return, the Canes would look for a forward. Expect them to call the Blues once again as the deadline approaches.
Oilers interested in Corvo?
Sources tell The Ottawa Sun that Edmonton has expressed “mild” interest in Corvo and there’s a “slim” possibility the Oil would bring him back to the Western Conference.
Who would the Oilers have to give up in return? According to the report, Joffrey Lupul or Raffi Torres. Corvo signed a four-year, $10.5M deal in the offseason, but has dropped to being the Senators’ sixth defenseman. Apparently, he has struggled with his confidence in Ottawa.
Having lost out in their pursuit of free-agent starter Tomo Ohka, the Pirates have now turned their sights on possibly signing fellow free agent Tony Armas Jr., the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The Pirates are one of “several” teams talking to Diego Bentz, the agent for Armas.
Armas, 28, made 30 starts last year for the Nationals, the second-most he’s made in a single season in his career.