Michael Bunting of the Carolina Hurricanes.
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Hurricanes could move forward only six months after signing him

Published January 1, 2024 at 11:33

It's been a tough year between the pipes for the Carolina Hurricanes. Frederik Andersen has only played six games after it was revealed he was dealing with a blood clotting issue, while Antti Raanta hasn't been great either, sporting an .855 save percentage in 15 games.

After the Hurricanes placed Raanta on waivers earlier in December, they went out and looked on the trade market for a goaltender and according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, forward Michael Bunting's name came up in discussions.

Friedman also added during the Saturday Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada that it's unclear if Bunting is still available, but a potential move could still be on the table as we head towards the deadline in early March.

Bunting, who signed a three-year deal worth $4.5 million per season only six months ago, has appeared in 36 games for the Hurricanes where he's recorded 25 points (eight goals, 17 assists), 37 penalty minutes and is a minus-nine.

Depending on the play of Raanta and Frederik Andersen's health over the next couple of months, the Hurricanes may need to go back to the trade market and make an addition between the pipes and it's entirely possible that teams could circle back on Michael Bunting, if he's still available.

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