Dreger: Hurricanes still seek top-six forward

The Carolina Hurricanes pulled off a trade Thursday, but it sounds like there may be more coming down the pike for Don Waddell.

The Hurricanes acquired Nino Niederreiter from the Minnesota Wild for Victor Rask, and during a Thursday afternoon radio hit on Ottawa’s TSN 1200, Darren Dreger was asked about ownership of these two teams perhaps putting some pressure on for change.

“I had an opportunity to speak with Tom Dundon, the owner of the Carolina Hurricanes, yesterday and man, I can tell you this guy is hungry for the Hurricanes to qualify for the playoffs,” relayed Dreger. “And they’ve got some work to do. We were talking about the future of Micheal Ferland in Carolina and how important he is to the team both on the ice and off the ice as they’re rebuilding a culture there. But again, I can sense that this new owner - he’s putting a premium on the Carolina Hurricanes qualifying for the postseason.

“The deal they made with the Minnesota Wild today is interesting. I’m a fan of Nino Niederreiter. I think that Carolina wins that deal. But I do think that it’s a deal where both players need a change of scenery. It’s going to be interesting to see if Niederreiter can find that scoring touch again, and if he does then that’s a piece of scoring that the Hurricanes have been in the market for.

“But I don’t get the sense that Don Waddell or the Carolina Hurricanes are done. They still have pieces on their back end. Maybe Brett Pesce, Dougie Hamilton’s name has surfaced on occasion as speculation, there are other defensemen that they could use. They still are in the market for another top-six forward.

“So there’s work ahead for Waddell and the Canes.”