The NHL offseason has hit the point where the release of the 2013-14 regular season schedule has become the most anticipated story of the week. In other words, good times are being had by all.
In terms of actual news, the Carolina Hurricanes have hinted for a couple weeks that the club is still looking to make additions to their roster. Manager Jim Rutherford stated in a radio interview earlier in July that the club has reached a level of mutual interest with a top-tier free agent who would come to Carolina at a discounted rate on a one-year contract. However, any potential deal with this unidentified player would require the team to move a player in order to create space. Rutherford stated that he was working on such a scenario but wasn't having much luck.
On Friday, Rutherford updated the status of top-pick Elias Lindholm who sustained a minor injury during development camp. In the process of doing so, the manager also informed Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer that the team had engaged in discussions with unrestricted free agent Brenden Morrow. This substantiates a claim by Morrow's agent that the two sides engaged in talks earlier this summer.
Of course, engaging in talks doesn't mean a signing is imminent. Especially considering the club still needs to move a player. It also doesn't mean Morrow is the free agent Rutherford was talking about earlier in July.
The situation surrounding the Hurricanes has led to a bit of guesswork, including speculation that the club was looking to sign unrestricted defenseman Ron Hainsey. Rutherford entered the summer looking to upgrade defense and expressed interest in acquiring a top-four defender. Hainsey registered the third-highest average ice time on the Winnipeg Jets last season (22:51) and is considered by some to be vastly underrated.
Whether he is the player Carolina is targeting remains to be seen.