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NEWARK -- Less than an hour before the NHL Entry Draft, Canes general manager Jim Rutherford was mostly tight-lipped about his team's plans.

Will the Canes keep the No. 5 pick in the opening round? Is a trade in the offing that could bring a top-four defenseman to the Canes but cost them the No. 5 pick?

"I don't know yet," Rutherford said. "Right now I expect to pick 5 but there's still conversations going on. It may go right up to our pick. Ideally if we make a deal there will be a defenseman in it."

Rutherford said a deal would not hinge on the Canes' target being available after the first four picks, saying, "It will depend on what we're being offered."

Rutherford said Saturday that he had fielded numerous calls from teams looking to move up to the No. 5 selection and willing to trade. He said it wasn't as busy Sunday.

"We kind of narrowed it down yesterday and we still have three or four teams interested in moving to our pick," he said. "I'm sure they're talking to other teams, too. Part of it is what else they can do.

"If we don't do anything and pick the player (at 5) we're happy with that. If something happens that makes more sense to us, that's good, too."

Rutherford said there were "some scenarios" that could include the Canes giving up their second-round pick as well as the first-rounder.

"Depending on the deal that one could be gone, too," he said.

Rutherford said if there is a trade it likely would be the only one made by the Canes today.

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A Raleigh native, Chip has worked at the N&O since 1979 and is the Canes beat writer. He can be reached at You can follow him on Twitter at @ice_chip.