Report: Bryan Allen is off the market


Bit of a surprise here – the Carolina Hurricanes won’t be trading defenseman Bryan Allen, as confirmed by Sportsnet’s John Shannon.

Allen, 31, is a pending UFA on a team with practically no shot at the playoffs, so clearly GM Jim Rutherford believes there’s a good chance he’ll be able to re-sign the big 31-year-old.

Given the many teams in search of a depth blueliner for the playoffs, the news that Allen is off the market will only serve to bid up the price on players of his ilk. At this rate, the Jets might demand a top-six forward, a blue-chip prospect, a first-round pick, and a Maserati for Johnny Oduya.