The Carolina Hurricanes could look to trade one of their goalies for help in other areas ahead of the NHL Trade Deadline on April 12, general manager Don Waddell told The Athletic.
Alex Nedeljkovic and James Reimer have shared the goaltending since Petr Mrazek had surgery to repair a broken right thumb Feb. 3. Mrazek has been practicing with the Hurricanes and could be near a return.
"We don't have a lot of [NHL salary] cap space," Waddell said in remarks published Friday. "If we're going to do something at the trade deadline, maybe one of the chips is one of our goalies. I can't say which one. It depends."
Nedeljkovic is 8-2-2 with a 2.05 goals-against average, .929 save percentage and two shutouts in 12 starts. Reimer is 12-4-1 with a 2.68 GAA and .909 save percentage in 17 games (16 starts). Mrazek played four games before his injury Jan. 30 and had an 0.99 GAA, .955 save percentage and two shutouts.
Waddell said he would not be opposed to keeping three goalies heading into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
"I think as you look at the way the schedule is and, hopefully going deep in the playoffs, you'd think you'd want to have three goalies," Waddell said. "So I think this is a good problem to have, and we'll find a way to keep three goalies on the roster if we need to."
If the Hurricanes do trade one of their goalies, it could be for a right-shot defenseman.
"We like our defense, but you know, after you get through our first two sets of pairs, we've got three lefties there," Waddell said. "They all play well, but they all would be better on their natural side. They're all left-hands who would be better on the left side. … So if we could add a right-hand-shot defenseman to complement them, I think that would be good."
Carolina's top four defensemen in average time on ice per game are Jaccob Slavin (left-shot; 23:04), Brett Pesce (right-shot; 22:44), Dougie Hamilton (right-shot; 22:37) and Brady Skjei (left-shot; 20:59).
Hurricanes defensemen Haydn Fleury, Jake Bean and Jake Gardiner each is a left-shot.
The Hurricanes (22-7-3) are 10-1-2 in their past 13 games and second in the eight-team Discover Central Division, three points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning, whom they play at home Saturday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-CR, SUN, NHL.TV). The top four teams will qualify for the playoffs.