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Don Waddell wants to be very active on the transaction market in the coming weeks
The Hurricanes are looking for answers right now after being eliminated in (only) four games by the Florida Panthers.

After all, there aren’t many people around the team who believed this scenario was possible… But hey.

That’s what it’s all about, as the old saying goes.

The next few months will be interesting for the organization, because in Carolina, they’re still looking to get to the next level. The Canes have appeared in two conference finals and reached the second round twice in the last five years…

But that’s not enough. And Don Waddell, the team’s general manager, knows it. That’s probably why, in an interview with NHL correspondent Kurt Dusterberg, he said to expect the team to be “very, very active” on the trade market in the coming week.

The ultimate goal? That would be to add talent to the attack in order to score even more goals, even though the team has excellent offensive firepower.

If we can add some good pieces that could fit into our line-up, we’ll certainly do it. – Don Waddell

I’m a little surprised by the Hurricanes’ GM’s comments.

Because, in reality… the team was missing some interesting pieces during its playoff run. Let’s not forget that Max Pacioretty and Andrei Svechnikov were both forced to miss the spring tournament due to major injuries…

And let’s not overlook the fact that Teuvo Terevainen only played six games in the playoffs, also hampered by a significant injury.

On paper, with these three pieces in the line-up, the Hurricanes are perhaps the best offensive team in the league. They have four good trios, they count on star players in Sebastian Aho, Martin Necas, Svechnikov…

And I just don’t see the point of adding another big piece to the attack.

But with the scenario in mind, I can’t stop thinking about Alex DeBrincat in Ottawa. The chances of him signing a new contract with the Sens seem slim at the time of writing, very slim indeed…

And if Pierre Dorion doesn’t want to lose him for nothing before the free-agent market opens, he might want to move quickly.

In a nutshell.

All this to say that the Hurricanes will be one to watch in the coming weeks. Because, if Don Waddell’s comments are anything to go by, things could get moving pretty quickly.

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