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On the Clock: Trade Deadline 2014

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
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It’s that time of year again: the National Hockey League’s trade deadline is on Wednesday, March 5 at 3 p.m.

From now until the clock strokes three in the afternoon on Wednesday, we’ll be keeping a watchful eye on movement around the league, especially as it pertains to the Carolina Hurricanes. Be sure to check back here for regular updates. You can also follow @NHLCanes and @MSmithCanes on Twitter for more. Finally, on Wednesday afternoon, we will be streaming live trade deadline coverage from the CanesVision studios beginning around 2:45 p.m.

Deadline Reached
Wednesday, 03.05.14, 3:00 p.m.

It's 3 p.m., and we've reached the trade deadline. Trades around the league continue to trickle in, but the Hurricanes are en route from California to Raleigh and are done for the day.

Canes President and GM Jim Rutherford and newly-acquired forward Andrei Loktionov will speak to the media on Thursday, as the team is scheduled to practice at noon at PNC Arena.

Thanks to all who tuned into our Storm Surge trade deadline special. A replay of the live show can be seen below.

Storm Surge: Trade Deadline Edition
Wednesday, 03.05.14, 2:30 p.m.

Just 30 minutes remain before the clock strikes 3 p.m. and the trade deadline is reached.

We're live streaming coverage from the CanesVision studio beginning at 2:45 p.m. Join us, won't you?

Canes Acquire Loktionov from New Jersey
Wednesday, 03.05.14, 1:30 p.m.

Tuomo Ruutu's name has long been dangled in trade conversation, and two years ago, Canes President and GM Jim Rutherford took him off the market by inking him to a four-year contract extension.

Still, his name tends to surface each season around this time, and this year is no different, especially considering the strong effort he put forth in Sochi en route to Team Finland capturing a bronze medal.

Hours before the deadline, Ruutu was dealt to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for forward Andrei Loktionov and a conditional draft choice. Loktionov, 23, has posted four goals and eight assists (12 points) in 48 games with New Jersey this season, his first full NHL campaign.

Loktionov, a 2008 draft pick of the Los Angeles Kings, is a pending restricted free agent.


Good Morning!
Wednesday, 03.05.14, 9:30 a.m.

Last night (or, technically early this morning) was fun, wasn't it?

We're just over five hours from the NHL's 3 p.m. trade deadline. Trade-wise, yesterday was quiet for the Hurricanes, as a number of teams around the league already jumped into the fray. Could today be different?

Join us for live streaming deadline-day coverage at 2:45 p.m. as Amber Jaye anchors coverage from the CanesVision studio. Mike Maniscalco and I will be on hand to provide commentary, analysis and more as we take you through the deadline. It should be fun.

Elsewhere, Twitter will probably be your best source for instant information. has complete coverage of the trade deadline around the league with a live chat and more. Finally, if you don't have access to TSN, is streaming TradeCentre coverage all day long.

And of course, check back regularly for updates here, as we'll keep you up to speed on all the happenings today.

One minor transaction the Canes have already made today: the team recalled goaltender Justin Peters from his conditioning stint in Charlotte. With the Checkers not playing again until the weekend, last night's contest was Peters last eligible game during his two-week conditioning trip. That, combined with the fact that teams are only allotted four recalls after the trade deadline, spelled the reason for today's recall.

With the signing of Anton Khudobin to a two-year contract yesterday, Peters or Cam Ward could be moved today – but that was not the impetus for the Peters recall.


Do You Know the Way to San Jose?
Tuesday, 03.04.14, 10:30 p.m.

The Carolina Hurricanes will wrap up a season-long, five-game road trip in San Jose tonight, the final game before Wednesday's 3 p.m. trade deadline. And, as documented below, the team will remain in California through the deadline before returning to Raleigh.

As far as the lineup is concerned tonight, there is nothing interesting to note. Defenseman Justin Faulk is sidelined for 7-10 days with an upper-body injury. Forward Radek Dvorak is a healthy extra, and goaltender Justin Peters is putting a bow on his conditioning stint in Charlotte. As NHL clubs are allotted just four recalls following the deadline, Peters, a pending unrestricted free agent, will likely be recalled on Wednesday, either remaining with the Canes for the balance of the season or being moved in a deadline-day deal.

Stay tuned for what could (or could not) be a busy day tomorrow, likely unaffected by tonight's outcome.

Canes Re-Sign Khudobin
Tuesday, 03.04.14, 5:30 p.m.

The Carolina Hurricanes inked goaltender Anton Khudobin to a two-year deal, which will pay the 27-year-old $2 million in 2014-15 and $2.5 million in 2015-16.

Khudobin currently ranks tied for fourth in the NHL in save percentage (.927) and eighth in goals-against average (2.17), which also ranks best in franchise history among goalies who have played at least 15 games.


Trade Deadline This and That
Tuesday, 03.04.2014, 10:30 a.m.

Tonight, the Carolina Hurricanes, looking to snap a five-game losing skid, will wrap up a season-long, five-game road trip in San Jose. The NHL’s trade deadline is tomorrow at 3 p.m.

Reading between the lines: it could be an interesting 24 hours.

Coming off of the Olympic break, Canes President and General Manager Jim Rutherford said this: “Every week is crucial now. You have a good week and you jump up in the standings. You have a bad week and you fall back. I don’t want to say that this is a make or break week because it’s so tight, but it’s important that we play well and get points,” he said. “This next week is an important week, and everybody will have a better idea where teams sit.”

Since then, the Canes have lost four games in a row and now sit seven points out of a wild card spot and eight points out of a divisional playoff spot with 21 games left to play in the season. What was once attainable ground to make up in the standings has become a very steep hill to climb, though mathematical probability hasn’t made it an insurmountable hill just yet.

The Canes brain trust – specifically Rutherford and Vice President of Hockey Operations Ron Francis – were supposed to fly back to Raleigh from California on Monday, but inclement winter weather along the east coast tabled those plans. The two will instead remain with the team for the duration of the trip, and the Canes will fly back to Raleigh following Wednesday’s 3 p.m. (noon Pacific) deadline.

“We also have to keep in mind the number of young players we have – the key, young players – and continue to build,” Rutherford said. “It just depends what comes our way.”

Tune in on Wednesday around 2:45 p.m. as we bring you a special trade deadline edition of Storm Surge, a live, streaming show available exclusively on Amber Jaye will anchor coverage that will take viewers through the deadline, breaking news as it happens, and Michael Smith and Mike Maniscalco will be on hand to provide analysis and insight.

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