On the eve of opening night, the Carolina Hurricanes created more organizational depth at the forward position acquiring Callahan Burke in exchange for Caleb Jones.
Jones, who signed a one-year deal with Carolina in the offseason, was put on waivers last week and had been assigned to the Avalanche’s AHL affiliate, the Colorado Eagles. With the Hurricanes lacking an AHL affiliate for the 2023-2024 campaign, Jones had still been part of the organization and was just on loan to the Eagles.
Last season, Jones appeared in a career-high 73 games for the Chicago Blackhawks, recording four goals and 12 assists.
With the Hurricanes opting to carry seven defensemen, at least to begin the season, and Colorado looking to bolster the blue line, acquiring a player who is already competing with your prospects makes sense.
Heading to Carolina in the deal is 26-year old Callahan Burke, who made his NHL debut last season with Colorado, seeing action in two contests.
Burke had been in the Avalanche’s system since 2020, where he was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame.
He amassed his best season a year ago, tallying 16 goals and 23 assists in 70 games with the Eagles.
Like Jones was prior to the trade, Burke will remain on loan with the Colorado Eagles, but be a part of Carolina’s system.