In a league where two-thirds of the teams are starving to improve their blue line, the Anaheim Ducks aren't the only ones with great leverage because of their crazy depth on D. The Carolina Hurricanes are knee-deep too, with young defensemen throughout the organization -- and there's no question they're attracting attention from potential suitors ahead of the trade deadline. "I think everyone is always looking for D and we feel comfortable with our depth there," Hurricanes GM Ron Francis told ESPN.com Thursday. "We're always looking at all options to make our team better; if that's an area of strength and you can address an area of weakness, we'd certainly look at those possibilities." My guess is that the Hurricanes would potentially move a young defenseman, whether he's an NHL player or prospect, if it netted them a front-line center. That's the premium target Carolina would like to find over the next 5-6 months. The Hurricanes have scouted Colorado Avalanche games over the past two weeks, which has raised the antennae of some, given how desperate the Avs are to begin their retooling by finding young, high-end defensemen. I'm just not sure how interested Carolina would be in star center Matt Duchene, because he's only got two more years on his deal after this season. I'm not convinced the Hurricanes would want to give up a high-end, young defeneman for a player they might lose in two years.
Carolina Hurricanes' depth on defense drawing interest ahead of trade deadline
ESPN | Feb 16