It all started about a month ago when new Carolina Hurricanes general manager Tom Dundon stated that he felt his team was too soft.
He mentioned that the only untouchable player on his team was Sebastian Aho, and NHL insiders started to speculate over the last couple of weeks that the Hurricanes were ready for a firesale.
The team introduced new head coach Rod Brind'Amour last week and it looks like they're ready for their roster turnover.
New general manager Don Waddell appeared on SiriusXM's NHL Network on Wednesday and confirmed big changes are coming and could easily include stars Jeff Skinner and Justin Faulk.
“I think right now, as I said, we have to look at every position on our hockey team here,” Waddell stated, replying specifically to speculation surrounding the futures of winger Jeff Skinner and defenseman Justin Faulk with the club. “We’ve gone nine years without making the playoffs and some guys have been here five, six, seven years. Not that they’re bad players – actually, both players you mentioned are some of our top players.
“We want to make change, but when you make change you want to make sure you’re making the right change and making the right decision, because anybody can make just change for the sake of making change. But if you’re not making your hockey club better with those changes, it might make sense to take another look at it.
“The guys you mentioned are guys certainly that people have called about. I’ve made it (clear) to every general manager I’ve talked to we’re looking to make changes. Certainly when other teams are calling they usually want to call about your better players. We’re in discussions with not only those players, but multiple players.”