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After the informal holiday trade freeze lifts in a few days, Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford could be one of the more active callers. The 'Canes would seemingly love a proven goal scorer with experience playing under pressure.
Morrow, while not the subject of any major trade rumors this autumn, fits the bill in a number of ways. The 205-pound 35-year-old is third among active NHL players in career shooting percentage, according to Hockey Reference—he's excellent at converting on his chances.
Morrow also boasts experience from eight previous postseason berths, where he has scored 46 points in 92 appearances. With a respectable six goals, 14 points and plus-two rating in 30 games for St. Louis this season, Morrow would be a relatively inexpensive bottom-six veteran addition.
TSN analyst Darren Dreger cited Rutherford's interest in underperforming Calgary center Mikael Backlund in late November, and Raleigh seemed like a great fit for the 24-year-old to me at the time.
Since then, he's tallied eight points and a plus-eight rating in 13 games to improve his season total to 15 points and a plus-one rating. He ranks second on the Flames in Corsi Relative in 2013-14, as well. Calgary's current lack of a GM might hinder negotiations somewhat, but I wouldn't be surprised if Rutherford didn't at least give Brian Burke a call or two.
Maple Leafs Forward
The Tim Gleason-for-John-Michael Liles trade rumor just won't go away, with Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun writing on Sunday that the Leafs are looking to sweeten the deal a bit. Rutherford might add a player like Drayson Bowman, Michal Jordan or a mid-round draft pick onto his side of the deal to get someone such as Mason Raymond or Nikolai Kulemin tacked onto the Leafs' end.
Raymond, a training camp signing of Toronto GM Dave Nonis, exploded out of the gate but has just one goal in his last 11 games, cooling off his trade value significantly. Still sporting 25 points in 39 appearances on the year, the shifty winger could work well alongside a player like Nathan Gerbe or Patrick Dwyer in Carolina.
Kulemin set enormously unrealistic expectations for himself with a 30-goal campaign in 2010-11 and has potted just seven, seven and four goals in the three seasons since, respectively. The 225-pound 27-year-old has offensive skill and checking-line size, though, and might be had at a bargain price.