After another outstanding season at Harvard, top college defenseman Adam Fox had a decision to make: Turn pro and sign with the Carolina Hurricanes or return for his senior season and a chance at unrestricted free agency in the summer of 2020?
Despite having said several times throughout the year that he hadn’t made a decision, rumors still surfaced that Fox didn’t want to sign with Carolina. That appears to be true, as Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic tweets the young defenseman “isn’t likely to sign” with the Hurricanes.
That doesn’t necessarily mean Fox will be returning to Harvard as it appears a trade is a potential outcome. The Hurricanes could send Fox to another team — like the New York Rangers — in order for him to still burn a year off his eventual entry-level contract. Though the deadline in late February is usually referred to as the trade deadline, deals can still happen afterward. The players involved are not playoff eligible, which is why they rarely happen.