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Carolina to Consider Trading a Star Player to bring Erik Karlsson on Board


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Elliot Ben Jacob
July 21, 2023  (9:05)
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Karlsson Trade Rumors Still Active

The Carolina Hurricanes are known to be persistently pursuing the acquisition of defenseman Erik Karlsson from the San Jose Sharks. This ongoing negotiation process has been fraught with challenges, primarily due to Carolina's cap space inadequacy to facilitate a straightforward trade.
This predicament could potentially lead to the departure of one of Carolina's star players as a result of cap-related reasons.

The Potential Departure of Teuvo Teravainen

Elliotte Friedman, a reliable insider in the NHL, recently revealed that conversations have been initiated by the Hurricanes with other teams about the potential trade involving Teuvo Teravainen.
"I think they've talked to some teams about Teravainen, if they need to make some cap room, I think Carolina has a few things going on out there" - Elliotte Friedman

This surprising news comes considering the significant role that Teravainen has played for the Hurricanes over the past years. Adding to the surprise is the fact that Teravainen, at the age of 28 and with a fair cap hit for the next couple of years, is in the prime of his career.

Trade for Cap Space or Poor Asset Management?

An interesting aspect of this potential trade was questioned - whether it is a strategic move to regain assets and simultaneously create cap space or purely a cap dump. In response, the original tweet's author stated:
"I believe as a full cap dump to try and clear space to land Karlsson."

This statement stirred up debates, considering the Hurricanes' potential to gain valuable assets in exchange for Teravainen, who is a significant part of their top-six.
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It seems they are keen to simply relieve his contract to accommodate Karlsson, which many consider as poor asset management.
While it's clear that we're not privy to all the information that Hurricanes GM Don Waddell has at his disposal, the current decision to potentially trade Teravainen for cap space is definitely a point of contention.
As Read on HouseofHockey - Carolina Looking to Trade Star Forward Due to Cap Restraints
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