McKenzie explores Hamilton trade rumors

As the trade deadline nears, the Carolina Hurricanes have a surplus of a highly-valued commodity - defensemen.

Bob McKenzie answered viewer questions on the NBCSN Overtime show Wednesday evening.

One submission revolved around Dougie Hamilton trade rumors, and where McKenzie saw the defenseman fitting best and at what cost.

“Here’s what I would say about the Dougie Hamilton rumors,” began McKenzie. “I believe the Carolina Hurricanes are willing to consider trading any one of their defensemen that’s not named Jaccob Slavin. I guess they could consider that, but I don’t think they want to. I think Slavin is a guy that they really want to hold onto. But whether it’s Pesce or whether it’s Faulk or whether it’s Hamilton, you take your pick - go all up and down the lineup - they are looking for more scoring help. They’re looking for young scoring help. They’re looking for economical scoring help, that is players that aren’t yet making a ton of money, but can produce offense and help them in the offensive part of the game.

“So I think right now Carolina is open for business to move a defenseman, it’s just a matter of which one and who comes calling.”

Slavin is locked up to a team-friendly seven-year, $37.1 million contract that kicked in for this season, which comes out to a $5.3 million cap hit.

Contract-related info via CapFriendly