On a superficial level, I’d say the Hurricanes win 2 of the 4 trades outright. The trading of Kuokkanen and Gauthier largely depends on how their tenures with their respective teams go. That said, the Hurricanes didn’t receive any long-term or immediate impact players from either deal. It’s also worth noting that—while it’s still early—neither Kuokkanen nor Gauthier has set the league on fire. The potential is certainly there (specifically in Gauthier’s case) but only time will tell.
You can argue that a 1st round pick was a steep price to pay for Skjei and I would (mostly) agree. There are positives (he’s signed through the 2023-24 season) and negatives (his AAV is $5.25 million) but it ultimately comes down to whether he can find his scoring touch again. If he does, the deal becomes much more palatable.
The Florida trade is a win for me. Yes, Carolina gave up multiple pieces but they got a player who—from all indications—fits perfectly into Brind’Amour’s system. Haula and Wallmark have already moved on; Luostarinen has looked good for the Panthers this season but we don’t know what to expect long-term. Priskie is the wild card; turning 25 next month, it’s imperative that he crack the lineup and show the league what he can do.