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On the Clock: Trade Deadline

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 Monday, Feb. 27 at 3 p.m.

From now until the clock strokes three in the afternoon on Monday, 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 @nhl_canes and @MSmithCanes on Twitter for more. Finally, we invite you to join in the discussion at the bottom of this blog in the comment section.

Canes Quiet as Deadline Passes
Monday, 02.27.2012, 4:15 p.m.

Once predicted by some to be big sellers at the trade deadline, the Carolina Hurricanes remained quiet throughout the day without any movement.

Is Hurricanes President and General Manager Jim Rutherford satisfied with how Monday played out?


Muller: 'It's always a day where there are no guarantees'
Monday, 02.27.2012, 1:00 p.m.

It’s part of the business, but that doesn’t mean it’s fun.

With the trade deadline looming, the Carolina Hurricanes – Bryan Allen and Jaroslav Spacek included – practiced today, but head coach Kirk Muller admittedly kept it light.

“It’s always a restless day for them and their families,” he said. “So, I kept the practice kind of light today. Not too much of a thinking practice.

“It’s always a day where there are no guarantees. You just kind of have to sit and wait.”

Fresh off the ice and sandwich in hand, Muller said he’d get a low-down on potential activity from President and General Manager Jim Rutherford.

“I usually deal with this floor, but obviously I’m interested in what’s going to transpire, if anything,” he said.

Whatever does end up happening today – if anything – it will likely not produce a huge shake-up in the locker room or within the organization. Asking prices are steep, and as Rutherford said last week, the decision has to make sense not only now, but also in the future.

“We’ve got a good group right now that’s playing hard,” Muller said. “We’ve got some work to do to push for that last playoff spot, but we’re certainly not going to jeopardize giving up on any player that’s young and that we want in the system moving forward to make a break for the playoffs.”

Just a couple of hours remain before the trade deadline (3 p.m.), and this is when activity usually picks up. With practice out of the way and the television tuned to the latest news in the locker room, all anyone can do now is wait.

You can watch a live stream of NHL Network's feed of TSN's deadline coverage here. As always, check back here regularly for any updates as they come through.

Trade Deadline is Today
Monday, 02.27.2012, 9:30 a.m.

Today is the day. The National Hockey League’s trade deadline is at 3 p.m., and while the Carolina Hurricanes aren’t expected to make a big splash, we still could see a defenseman moved today if the price is right.

It was a relatively quiet weekend, so it’s anyone’s best guess as to how today shakes out not only here but across the League. There will be a lot of action on Twitter today, and has an ongoing live chat and live stream (beginning at 12 p.m.) available here.

We’ll keep you updated right here throughout the day, so be sure to check back regularly.

Last Game Before the Trade Deadline
Saturday, 02.25.2012, 5:30 p.m.

For those that put stock into this – (For what it’s worth, I’m not sold on it.) – the San Jose Sharks are the lone team with scouts in the building tonight.

It's worth noting, at least, because this is the last game for the Hurricanes prior to Monday's trade deadline. Neither the Canes nor the Panthers face the Sharks again this season. (However, the Sharks are just in the adjoining state of Tennessee for a match-up with the Predators tonight.)

Could San Jose be looking to acquire a veteran defenseman? They recently lost defenseman Douglas Murray, as he’s missed four games with a broken Adam’s apple suffered in Tampa Bay. They’re neck-and-neck with Phoenix for the Pacific Division lead, and the Dallas Stars trail by just three points – and don’t count out Los Angeles, down just five points.

Again, take this news for what it’s worth, but should a team want one last look at a potential trade prospect, tonight is the night.

Rutherford on the Deadline
Friday, 02.24.2012, 3:00 p.m.

Though the Carolina Hurricanes have a couple of veteran, unrestricted free agent-to-be defenseman, President and General Manager Jim Rutherford isn’t necessarily actively shopping them with the trade deadline fast approaching.

After forward Tuomo Ruutu was taken off the market on Wednesday, defensemen Bryan Allen, 31, and Jaroslav Spacek, 38, have become the most coveted names in the Canes’ locker room. Both have over 500 games of NHL experience and some playoff experience, as well. Spacek went to the Stanley Cup Final with the Edmonton Oilers in 2006.

“As far as moves at the deadline, I don’t expect to be overly active,” Rutherford said. “Sometimes, though, when you don’t expect much activity, there are surprises. It’s really hard to say.”

With defenseman Joni Pitkanen expected back at practice in the coming days, the team will then have eight defensemen on their lineup. That, Rutherford said, will give them a chance to move one via trade on Sunday or Monday.

“We’ll see what the market is,” Rutherford said. “If there is [someone] out there who makes sense for us to bring in, that fits with us not only now but long term, that’s something to consider. I don’t expect that.”

At the same time, Rutherford said, the market is not hesitant.

“It’s actually the opposite,” he said. “Teams are anxious to make deals.”

One defenseman Rutherford will not be moving is Derek Joslin, who has recently embraced a fourth-line winger role. Joslin was re-assigned to Charlotte for a conditioning stint at the beginning of January, but Rutherford said even that is not something he’s going to do.

“He’s part of our team,” Rutherford said. “He’s done a good job, and he’s been a great team guy. He’s done some good work on defense, and now he’s done some good work as a forward.”

Whatever the case, Rutherford’s phone will certainly be ringing over the weekend, and we'll be tracking any potential moves in the time leading up to Monday afternoon.

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