Carolina Hurricanes, Ron Francis Ready to Explode into NHL Trade Market

February 13th, 2015 by Mark Jones Leave a reply »

Ron Francis entered the Carolina Hurricanes' general manager position last summer knowing that hesitancy would not be tolerated.

As the countdown to the 2015 NHL trade deadline approaches two weeks remaining, Francis's GM office appears to erupt with activity, trades and conclusive non-hesitancy.

The 'Canes, second-to-last in the Eastern Conference and 18 points out of a playoff berth, have little in the way of tangible goals still viable for the 2014-15 campaign. What they do have, however, are a plethora of upcoming free agents and valuable rental items that could be dealt for tomorrow's assets.

Chip Alexander of the News & Observer received a straightforward statement from Francis on his pre-deadline plans:

TSN's Bob McKenzie has reported that all three of Andrej Sekera, Jiri Tlusty and Jay McClement are expected to hit the market hard in the coming weeks:

The trio all offer skill sets that should be quite intriguing to top contenders around the league.

Sekera, a 28-year-old ranked 15th among all league defenseman with 44 points ...

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