Dreger: ‘Waddell and the Canes are going to be busy’

The Carolina Hurricanes have openly coveted more firepower, and the coming weeks will provide the team’s GM another chance to bolster that area.

Darren Dreger had a Thursday afternoon Leafs Lunch radio hit on Toronto’s TSN 1050.

As part of a discussion on offensive players the Hurricanes had traded away over the summer, Dreger was asked if that franchise remained one on which he’s keeping an eye leading to the trade deadline.

“Yeah, Donnie Waddell, the general manager there, is hungry,” said Dreger. “He’s talked openly about how they need to acquire scoring, yet they moved Jeff Skinner and they moved Lindholm and there’s two players who are pretty offensive-minded.

“And then subsequently you’ve got ownership, Tom Dundon, in Carolina talking about how he doesn’t covet or value high-end defense when he’s going into a draft. So there’s a lot of big question marks beside the Carolina Hurricanes.

“But I do see that Waddell and the Canes are going to be busy. And I think we’re going to continue to link the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Carolina Hurricanes. We know that the Hurricanes were interested in William Nylander, and are interested in Kasperi Kapanen.

“So who knows, maybe there’s a fit there for both of those clubs in the New Year.”

Kapanen is in the final season of his entry-level contract with the Leafs.

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