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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.

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