Originally posted on The Hockey Guys  |  Last updated 6/6/13

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Carolina Hurricanes President and General Manager Jim Rutherford speaks on the phone during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
By Dylan Howlett (@DylanHowlett) Getty Images Jim Rutherford has made his list. He doesn’t need to check it twice. The venerable Carolina Hurricanes General Manager has placed a top-four defenseman atop his offseason agenda and is willing to dangle the team’s fifth-overall draft selection to get his hands on one. “It would be difficult for us to move our pick at five, but I’ll keep an open mind,” Rutherford said Tuesday on Edmonton radio’s The Team 1260. Rutherford says he expects some considerable shuffling between draft tables June 30 in Newark. He told The Team 1260′s Mark Spector that he has already fielded calls from multiple teams inquiring about the Hurricanes’ pick. Rutherford would prefer to swap selections with another top-ten team along with acquiring a standout defenseman. “If the right top-four defenseman came along and we didn’t move too far to flip the pick, I would consider it,” said Rutherford. “I’m not actively trying to move it.” The impetus for improving his def
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