‘Canes, Sekera to renew contract negotiations

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Teams interested in Carolina defenseman Andrej Sekera will soon learn if he’ll be available at the trade deadline.

Sekera and the ‘Canes are expected to renew contract negotiations in the coming weeks, per ESPN. News of this decision comes with Carolina playing its best hockey of the season — the ‘Canes are 6-2-1 in January — and roughly six weeks prior to the annual trade deadline.

Sekera, 28, would be a highly coveted individual should he fail to reach an agreement with Carolina and become available. He’s coming off a career-high 44 points in 2013-14 and is averaging over 22 minutes a night this year for the ‘Canes.