According to a report from Sportsnet NHL insider Elliotte Friedman, the Carolina Hurricanes have been sniffing around the Vancouver Canucks in an effort to land defenceman Travis Hamonic via trade. Friedman also wonders if the Canucks could move Tanner Pearson and Adam Gaudette, as well.
From Friedman's most recent 31 Thoughts column for Sportsnet:
Carolina asked Vancouver about Travis Hamonic. The right-shooting defender has made it clear several times he chooses to stay in Western Canada for family reasons. He stayed consistent to that philosophy and won’t be traded.
The Hurricanes are looking for someone like Hamonic, a right-shot with an edge. Tanner Pearson’s injury doesn’t appear as serious as initially feared, so we’ll see where this goes. The Canucks have made some nice waiver claims, and that could change the trajectory of Adam Gaudette’s future.
As Friedman says, Hamonic has made it clear that he's not interested in leaving Western Canada. Despite signing with the Canucks on a professional tryout in training camp, Hamonic actually has a no-trade clause and so he'll have total say over where he goes. Other insiders have reported that Hamonic might be open to a inter-division move to the Winnipeg Jets, but he would likely not waive his no-trade clause for an American club.
Stay tuned, Canucks fans. It certainly seems like the team is getting their ducks in a row for trade deadline on April 12th.
Source: Elliotte Friedman · Photo Credit: Zuma Press