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Trade Deadline Watch: 4th Line Type Centers

*Story Highlights*
*Where the Hurricanes are trending with Derek Ryan
*Latest on Matt Cullen
*Mark Letestu still a fallback option?
*Max Domi’s Availability + Mario Lemieux close friendship with Tie Domi

–As the Penguins have zeroed in on acquiring Derick Brassard, here’s the latest chatter on fallback options were the Penguins to strike out on Brassard —

Carolina Hurricanes: 64 Points, one point out of second wildcard spot:

Games Remaining before Deadline: vs Pittsburgh (2/23), @ Boston (2/24)

Trending: 0-2-1 in last Three Games, 3-4-2 overall their last nine games

Latest: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis has pressure from the Hurricanes new ownership group to keep the roster competitive if they remain in the mix for a playoff spot at the deadline.  Francis has been tabbed as being a smart buyer at the deadline.

Relating to the Penguins, the player to watch has been center Derek Ryan.

Ryan 31, has 11 goals and 15 assists on the season. He is a strong possession player and we’ve talked about him in the past as a player the Penguins have identified as a potential fit to play that combo 3rd line/4th line center role along with Riley Sheahan.

The talk on Ryan 3-4 weeks ago was that Carolina intended to keep Ryan but internally the team is said to have placed a 2nd round pick as value for Ryan and would consider an offer in that range depending where things stood at the deadline. However, NHL executives see Ryan’s value as more in the 3rd or 4th round range.

Ryan not known as a strong defensive player, has also cooled off significantly this month with no points in his last 11 games that will put the Hurricanes in an interesting situation.

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