The Carolina Hurricanes were among the most aggressive buyers before the 2020 NHL Trade Deadline on Monday, acquiring forward Vincent Trocheck from the Florida Panthers, and defensemen Brady Skjei from the New York Rangers and Sami Vatanan from the New Jersey Devils.
Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell was a guest Tuesday on the NHL @TheRink podcast, joining co-hosts Dan Rosen and Shawn P. Roarke to discuss the moves, why they were made, where the team stands now, and to give some updates on injured players, including goalies Petr Mrazek and James Reimer.
"There's no doubt about it, the locker room this morning had a lot of lively chatter going on, a lot of players came up and said, 'Wow, you really stepped up to help us,'" Waddell said. "We have something going here and we have to give our players the best opportunity to succeed as we go down the home stretch."
Rosen and Roarke discussed all the moves, big and small, made around the League, and even a few that didn't get made. They gave reasons why they liked certain trades and why other teams left them scratching their heads and searching for reasons.
They were also joined by NHL.com staff writer Brian Compton to discuss New York Islanders forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who joined his new team on the ice for the first time Tuesday.
Compton addressed the Islanders acquisition, subsequent signing of Pageau and how it impacts the team. He also went around the League with Rosen and Roarke, hitting on the Buffalo Sabres and the race in the Metropolitan Division, in particular.
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