Hurricanes three options in the organization for the second line center


RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – MAY 14: Vincent Trocheck #16 of the Carolina Hurricanes looks on during the third period of Game 7 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round against the Boston Bruins at PNC Arena on May 14, 2022, in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

After a successful season, the Hurricanes are at a crossroads this summer. With the player who was second-line center last year turned unrestricted free agent pending, decisions need to be made regarding the Hurricanes’ second-line center. There are three in-house options and these are the ones worth looking at at the moment, as the free agent market is completely unpredictable.

Carolina’s second-line center is going to be very important going forward. They’re going to have to be able to play in all pressure situations in the playoffs at the highest level and give the team a chance to win when the team needs it to be successful in this long-term setup. It will be a very important position for the future and the Canes will have to commit to this decision.

Second-line centers have to be able to produce and that’s the Hurricanes’ biggest problem. I’m not saying the Hurricanes had a reason to dislike the production of this year’s forward squad, but with a vital decision in sight, you’re going to have to be consistent about what you get. With the Hurricanes knowing this is a big decision, there’s a lot to be gained from it.

I’m going to assume that Vincent Trocheck is not an option. We know how the Carolina Hurricanes organization has been under this ownership in terms of extending their players and we know they don’t like to open the checkbook for people so I think that’s fair enough to assume that Trocheck has one foot out the door at this precise moment. That may change because hockey is insane, but right now that’s my guess.


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