NEEDS: As has been the case for years now, the Canes seriously need a true No. 1 center if they ever hope to thrive in the East. Plus, Scott Darling hasn’t been the starting goalie the team needed.
AVAILABILITY: There are some value depth guys who could be rentals, though Lee Stempniak has been hurt.
UFAs: C. Ward (G), L. Stempniak (RW), D. Ryan (C), J. Jooris (C)
TRADE BAIT: Trevor van Riemsdyk may not seem like an obvious choice here, but he’s a right-shot defenseman in a league that craves such players. Since Carolina’s blueline is a strength and more high-end prospects are on their way, ‘TVR’ could land the team a nice return, whether they decide to be buyers or sellers on the market. He’s also an RFA this summer.