A week ago, defenseman Jack Hillen was playing against the Carolina Hurricanes and in a foul mood after his Washington Capitals lost to the Canes. Traded to Carolina the next day, he’s now trying to come to grips with his new surroundings, new team.
For the Carolina Hurricanes and general manager Ron Francis, the NHL’s trade-deadline day turned out to be a very slow day. While NHL teams scrambled Monday before the 3 p.m. deadline, the Hurricanes already had their business done.
There are many themes that could describe the epic journey of our species from primitive hunter gatherer to complex modern society, but most interesting among them is our ability to maintain an optimistic outlook in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.
For the past two seasons, defenseman Justin Faulk sat next to Andrej Sekera in the Carolina Hurricanes locker room at PNC Arena and played next to him on the ice. But Sekera has been traded, as has Jiri Tlusty, leaving a void.
The Carolina Hurricanes were busy Wednesday, trading defenseman Andrej Sekera to the Los Angeles Kings and forward Jiri Tlusty to the Winnipeg Jets. Both are due to become unrestricted free agents after the season.
Carolina Hurricanes forward Jiri Tlusty realizes Tuesday’s game against the Flyers could be his last time in a Canes uniform with the NHL trade deadline less than a week away. Tlusty is one of the Canes’ pending unrestricted free agents.