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Tlusty, Hurricanes coping with trade rumors: report

by NHL.com Staff / NHL.com

Forward Jiri Tlusty is one of a handful of Carolina Hurricanes players reportedly on the radar with the NHL Trade Deadline of March 2 at 3 p.m. ET fast approaching.

Tlusty is a pending unrestricted free agent and Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis told the Raleigh News & Observer on Monday that any players moved will most likely be pending free agents.

Tlusty has 13 goals in 51 games this season, but the Hurricanes are 15th in the Eastern Conference.

"Obviously I know the deal and know what they expect to do," Tlusty told the Raleigh News & Observer on Tuesday. "I'm trying to block it out of my mind and just play the game I know how to play. You need stay really focused on the game and that's what I'm trying to do.

"It's kind of hard but it is what it is. Other guys go through it in their careers and I'm going through it right now. It's a part of the business and you have to understand as a player what's the management plan. My plan is to go out there and do things right."

Tlusty, 26, was acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs in December 2009. He agreed to a one-year, $2.95 million contract with the Hurricanes on July 1, 2014.

"There could be some interest but I'm trying to really think about it," Tlusty said. "If you think about it, it's going to bother you. You start being nervous and stuff like that and you don't need that in your game."

Francis also denied reports Monday he was looking to trade first-line center Jordan Staal.

Coach Bill Peters told the News & Observer that the trade rumors have created a distraction.

"It's there. I'm not going to lie to you, it's there," Peters said. "I don't try to defuse it. We just go about our business as usual."

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