NHL: Martin Necas would like “a change of scenario away from Carolina”

If we trust our collaborator Pierre LeBrun, the rumor machine has not finished racing regarding Carolina Hurricanes forward Martin Necas.

In his latest article published on The Athletic, the one who will become a restricted free agent on July 1 “would welcome a change of scenario outside of Carolina” and this would have been the case for quite a while already.

Necas, 25, has just won the gold medal at the most recent World Hockey Championship with the Czech Republic. Last week, Necas’ father fueled rumors that had already persisted for quite some time by telling Czech media Denik Sport that his son was not being used at his true value in Carolina and that he wants to be traded.

“We’ll see what happens,” Martin Necas told NHL.com’s Aaron Vickers after winning the gold medal on Sunday. “I don’t really care about it right now.” What’s going to happen is going to happen. My agent will take care of it. We will find a solution. Now I will celebrate this medal and enjoy it for a while. »

According to LeBrun, there is “very little chance” that Necas will sign a long-term deal with the Hurricanes. The informant also reports that the forward was involved in discussions for a potential transaction with the Vancouver Canucks to acquire Elias Pettersson before the latter signed a long-term deal in February. Necas was also included in the offer to acquire Matthew Tkachuk in 2022, before he ended up with the Florida Panthers.

Still according to the informant, many teams have investigated Necas’ availability over the past week, especially since his father’s comments. However, the Hurricanes are still committed to “win now” and, in the case of a potential trade, the team would want to get their hands on an impact player rather than quality prospects for the future.

If the Hurricanes are unable to acquire this impact player, they could well decide to retain his services through a short-term agreement, despite rumors of discontent among the forward and those around him.

Last season, Necas scored 24 goals and added 29 assists after reaching career highs of 28 goals and 43 assists the previous season. In the most recent playoffs, Necas collected nine points in 11 games.

LeBrun notes that the Boston Bruins and Nashville Predators would be logical candidates to acquire him as both teams look to improve their offensive power. LeBrun adds that if he had to put his money on Necas’ fate, he believes the forward would be traded this summer.

There is no doubt that the Montreal Canadiens would be very happy to welcome a player of Necas’ caliber who, at 25 years old, would fit perfectly with the organization’s future plans. This is a story that will undoubtedly be one to follow closely in the coming months.

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