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The Daily: Necas Drawing Heavy Interest; ‘Canes Like Ullmark?



Martin Necas, Carolina Hurricanes

With marquee players Steven Stamkos, Sam Reinhart and  Jake Guentzel highlighting the class, the annual July 1 unrestricted free agent frenzy promises to keep us all entertained. But it’s possible none of those UFA stars will generate as much buzz as the Martin Necas Sweepstakes has created.

David Pagnotta of Fourth Period reported 12 teams have inquired about the Carolina forward Necas who wants to be traded. He wants to go to a team willing to expand his opportunity.

The intriguing aspect of Necas is he 25, and has generated 52 goals over the past two seasons. Necas plays with flair, and believes he can produce even more if given more power play time. He averaged more than 17 minutes per game in the regular-season, but was down to the 15-16 minute range in his last three playoff teams.

Calgary, Nashville, Seattle, Philadelphia, Montreal, New Jersey and Vancouver are believed to be among the interested teams. Given Yzerman’s thorough approach, we can guess that he has called Carolina to see what it would take to land restricted Necas. Reports say he could be moved fairly soon.

The Hurricanes want plenty for Necas. The Hurricanes appreciate Necas’ talent. Plus, they have Jake Guentzel, Teuvo Teravainen, Brady Skjei, Brett Pesce and Jordan Martinook among their list of UFAs. Carolina has to get a strong return for Necas.


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