With Carolina’s salary cap situation and an abundance of blue line talent, it was expected that a trade would occur, just not the one that went down on Wednesday.
The Hurricanes acquired forward David Kase from Philadelphia in exchange for forward Massimo Rizzo and a 2025 fifth-round pick.
“David is an intelligent forward who competes hard on both ends of the ice and will add to our organizational depth,” said Waddell in a team release.
Kase, the brother of former Carolina forward Ondrej Kase, was a fifth round pick of the Flyers in the 2015 NHL Draft and appeared in seven total games with Philadelphia between 2019-2021.
He netted one goal during his time in the City of Brotherly Love and finished with a plus-minus of 1.
The 26-year old was a member of HC Sparta Prague of the Extraliga the past two years, recording 6 goals and 8 assists in 25 games during the 2022-2023 campaign.
Leaving the Canes’ organization is Massimo Rizzo, who has tallied 29 goals and 53 assists during the last two seasons for the University of Denver. He was selected by Carolina in the seventh round of the 2019 NHL Draft.
According to multiple sources, Rizzo was expected to be included in the Tony DeAngelo trade that fell through last month due to a clause in the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement.
Completing this trade has zero impact on any other moves made or trade targets for Don Waddell and company. The Hurricanes are still in need of a goal-scoring forward as we sit over a month away from the start of training camp.