Carolina Hurricanes forward Michael Bunting.
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LATEST | Hurricanes shopping top-end winger: Could Canucks be a trade partner?

Published December 31, 2023 at 8:41
BY COOPER GODIN
     
During the Saturday Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman discussed the issue of goaltending around the league, including teams needing help between the pipes.

One of those teams is the Carolina Hurricanes, who aspire to hoisting the Stanley Cup in June. The Hurricanes have Antti Raanta and Peytor Kochetkov on their roster right now, with Frederik Andersen out indefinitely due to a blood clotting issue.

Friedman mentioned that to add a goaltender and free up some cap space simultaneously, they have received calls on forward Michael Bunting, who signed with them as a free agent back in the summer.

The 28-year-old has two years remaining on his contract beyond the 2023-24 season with a cap hit of $4.5 million, and with the Canucks looking to add on forward, he could be an option.


Now, this is where things get a little tricky. The Hurricanes want a goaltender in return, which would mean parting with Casey DeSmith or Artur Silovs, which Patrik Allvin will be unlikely to do, especially for someone who's not a top-six forward.

It'll be interesting to keep an eye on this situation as we head towards the trade deadline in early March.. Patrik Allvin wants to improve his team during this incredible season so far and give them as much help as possible for a long playoff run.

Should the Canucks try to acquire Michael Bunting, or should they focus on a true top-six forward? Let us know what you think in the poll below!

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LATEST | Hurricanes shopping top-end winger: Could Canucks be a trade partner?

Should the Canucks try to acquire Michael Bunting?

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