NHL 2014 Trade Deadline Day: Plan of Action for Carolina Hurricanes

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NHL 2014 Trade Deadline Day: Plan of Action for Carolina Hurricanes
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After a disappointing February yielded a realistically impossible route to the NHL playoffs for the Carolina Hurricanes, general manager Jim Rutherford knew he had to re-adopt a seller mentality on the trade market.

Wednesday, it will be time for him to make the hard decisions about this struggling 'Canes team.

The right decisions could set up the club for a more successful, baggage-free postseason run in 2015.

The wrong decisions could doom the franchise to several more years of rebuilding it might not be able to survive in North Carolina—and also cost Rutherford his job.

What moves should Rutherford and the rest of Carolina's front office execute as Wednesday's 3 p.m. ET trade deadline approaches? A reasonable, feasible and effective five-step plan of action falls on the coming slides.

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