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The Carolina Hurricanes are off to an OK start but, even so, they are looking to stir the pot as well. Two big names on the Hurricanes' roster are spinning around the rumor mill.
Luke DeCock thinks that Pitkanen is a 'luxury the Canes can't afford,' as, they have nine defensemen on the roster and are a short a top-six forward, according to DeCock.
Lyle Richardson suggests that the Edmonton Oilers would be a good trading partner for Carolina.
To be honest, I don't know what DeCock is thinking. Carolina, first of all, has seven defesemen on their roster—not nine—which is the optimal number. Second, Pitkanen is currently leading the Canes in points, so trading him wouldn't necessarily be a great idea. The Canes could certainly do with some bolstering of their forward corps but trading Pitkanen is not the answer.
The Canes also have one of the lowest payrolls in the league, so they can definitely afford the luxury of having Pitkanen on their blue line.
Instead of trading a quality player like Pitkanen, Carolina could offer up some draft picks as they have a number of extras from all the trading they have done in the last two years. For example, for the 2012 draft, Carolina is in possession of an extra second-round and an extra fourth-round pick.
Although, if they were to offer up a roster player in a trade, on TSN Insider Trading, Darren Dreger suggests that Tuomo Ruutu is an option for Carolina to trade—he'll be an UFA after this season and hasn't started well with the Hurricanes this year.