Any player headed for unrestricted free agency is available in Carolina, but the Hurricanes are getting lots of calls on a player that's under contract for next season.
Joni Pitkanen has another year on his deal at $4.5 million for next season. The Canes like him a lot and are not trying to move him in any way. Yet, the interest from other teams is so high for the puck-mover, one wonders if Carolina will be able to say no before March 3 if the offers are too good to resist. The 26-year-old leads all NHL players in ice time per game, averaging just over 27 minutes. There won't be many top-four defensemen moving before March 3, so the high interest in Pitkanen is reflective of a barren marketplace for that position.
always have been of joni he would really solidify our d and replace martin if he decides to defect to another team in the offseason. i'd part with eckford and a forward prospect without blinking a eye. with proper tautology he can still become a hell of a defenseman. he was predicted to be the next scott niedermayer during his draft year.
i drool at the thought of this
Edited by William, 24 January 2010 - 11:11 PM.