Sources have told TFP that Rutherford is looking to acquire a top-four defenseman, though a deal is not imminent.
However, with a surplus of defensemen on the roster, Rutherford could deal others, like Corvo and McBain, for assets that could be used to package for a more potent defenseman.
The Coyote are shopping Yandle, though a deal may not be completed until the April 3 trade deadline, at the earliest, and Phoenix GM Don Maloney would want a top young talent packaged as part of a deal in return.
Maloney would undoubtedly want Ryan Murphy, the Hurricanes' first-round pick in 2011, as part of a package, however it's unclear what other pieces could be included that the Coyotes would be interested in.
The Hurricanes will not consider moving star forward Jeff Skinner, and that might be where the conversation ends.
How is Skinner even still mentioned in trade fodder? It will not happen, not for anybody.