TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports that the Carolina Hurricanes "have pulled back a bit" in their efforts to trade pending free agent Micheal Ferland.
With Tuesday's 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Hurricanes now sit three points out of the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Dreger reports that Hurricanes management will see how the team performs over their next few games before making a decision on Ferland's future. He adds the Hurricanes could still keep the winger as an "own rental" for their playoff push.
Ferland, 26, has 14 goals and 28 points in 44 games this season. He is listed at No. 4 on the TSN Trade Bait Board.
TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun said last week the Hurricanes were pushing to trade Ferland as soon as possible due to his injury history. The Hurricanes, however, have won three of their past four games.