The Carolina Hurricanes are looking to bolster their roster ahead of the NHL trade deadline, especially on the backend.
With the Vancouver Canucks in tough to make the playoffs in the North Division, they have received calls from the Hurricanes on defenceman Travis Hamonic, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported during Saturday's Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada.
"Carolina is looking for a right-handed shot defenceman who fits Hamonic's mould," Friedman said. "I think they did ask about Vancouver about Hamonic, but, as we all know, Hamonic prefers to stay locally in Western Canada. He isn't going and he's not going to be waiving his no-trade clause this season."
Hamonic joined the Canucks on a one-year, $1.25-million deal this past off-season after spending the past three seasons with the Calgary Flames. The 30-year-old has only played in 19 games this season after suffering an upper-body injury in the first month.
The St. Salo, Man., native has made it known that he would prefer to sign a long-term deal with Vancouver.
“I’d love it,” said Hamonic. “When we decided on Vancouver, we looked at it as a long-term situation of where we wanted to be for my career and family. I’ve loved every second of it and it’s been a good fit. Hopefully, something can transpire and make it work, but I’m not looking at that right now.
“A lot of things have to happen with guys before those conversations are had with me and that’s fine. I’m trying to enjoy my time and it’s great to be out there playing.”