NHL Free Agency 2013: Breaking Down the Carolina Hurricanes' Wish List

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NHL Free Agency 2013: Breaking Down the Carolina Hurricanes' Wish List
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The Carolina Hurricanes have positioned themselves to be one of the more involved teams in the 2013 NHL free-agent market.

Little time remains until the opening of the signing period—Friday at noon ET—yet general manager Jim Rutherford is likely already engaged in a number of negotiation sessions, taking advantage of this year's advance discussion period.

The selection of two-way center Elias Lindholm and acquisition of established defenseman Andrej Sekera in last week's draft reduced some of the 'Canes' needs in two areas.

Lindholm, along with Eric Staal, Jordan Staal, Jeff Skinner and Riley Nash, gives the Hurricanes more than enough talent at the center position. Instead, Rutherford is expected to attempt to add more grit to the third and fourth lines via multiple signings on the wings.

Sekera will fill departed Jamie McBain's roster spot on "D." However, another high-profile UFA rearguard could also be brought in to further fortify the unit.

Which holes need to be filled in the coming weeks? Which players may currently be on the "wish list" as a potential addition? Read on for a complete preview of the Hurricanes' free-agency situation.

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