With the Anaheim Ducks in complete freefall mode, GM Bob Murray made a shocking announcement that everyone with the exception of Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu are "fair game" in regards to a trade. Yes, that includes star forwards Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan and Hart Trophy winner Corey Perry along with defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky and goaltender Jonas Hiller. No, this doesn't mean that all of these guys are going to be traded, it just means that Murray is wiling to listen to offers for them. Despite that, the news of this breaking out has caused hockey fans all over the Internet to go into a frenzy because they think that their team can somehow land Perry, Ryan, Getzlaf, etc. without remembering that big trades like that do not happen very often during the season. I can't recall the number of times I have heard proposed deals for a big-time player not happen so I take trade rumors with a huge grain of salt.
That said, the Ducks are a mess right now. They are sitting at 14th in the Western Conference, have a very unimpressive prospect pool and do not exactly have a lot when it comes to depth or cap room. They haven't been good for years (playoff appearance last year was due to a ton of good fortune) so this is a perfect time to rebuild if they wish to go that path since Perry, Ryan and Getzlaf could fetch a decent return that might help them rebuild. Does this mean that they will be traded this year? No, but there is a good possibility that they might.
Now, I have heard some people make a case for the Hurricanes making a trade with the Ducks for one of the aforementioned players and I honestly don't see it working out. Yes, having an elite winger like Perry or Ryan would be fantastic but in order to get one of those players, we would need to give up a lot (i.e. one of our top prospects) and the Canes just aren't in position to do that right now. I know that Ryan is still very young, signed for four more years and can reasonably fit into the Canes rebuilding plan but I still don't know if giving up prospects is the right thing to do right now. Also, three of Carolina's best prospects are offensive defensemen (Faulk, Murphy, Dumoulin) and Anaheim already has one of those in Cam Fowler so this is why I do not see the Ducks and Canes working out as trade partners.
Carolina is more likely to be a seller this deadline with the team being out of contention and having a few expiring contracts on hand, but let's say there is a deal like the Erik Johnson/Chris Stewart trade from last year and the Canes do get some kind of offer. Who would be on the team's "untouchable" list?The Ducks have made it clear who they aren't going to deal (although their choices are a bit odd), so who should Carolina hold onto as the deadline approaches?
Fortunately for the Canes, they are in better shape than the Ducks when it comes to organizational depth and future plans, so they can afford to hold onto a lot more players. Here is my list of guys that I would not deal.