It was nearly four hours after Monday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline when the Carolina Hurricanes officially wrapped their business with the National Hockey League.
After a long day of phone calls, emails, negotiations and salary cap finagling, the Canes upgraded their roster for not only the remaining 21 regular-season games and a hopeful playoff run but, even more importantly, the seasons to come.
“We believe in the guys we have here, but we thought needed to strengthen us at certain positions,” Canes President and General Manager Don Waddell said. “We come out of this feeling really good about the players we added.”
In a trio of headline-grabbing trades on deadline day, the Canes acquired center Vincent Trocheck and defensemen Brady Skjei and Sami Vatanen.
News of the Trocheck acquisition broke before the Canes held practice on Monday morning, always a pins-and-needles type of day for the hockey world. The deal itself, though, had been in the works “for a couple weeks,” according to Waddell.