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Hurricanes obtain Jokinen from Lightning

Saturday, 02.07.2009 / 3:21 PM / News

Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -The Carolina Hurricanes obtained left wing Jussi Jokinen from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday for left wing Wade Brookbank, defenseman Josef Melichar and a fourth-round draft pick.

Jokinen has six goals and 10 assists in in 46 games this season.

"Jussi is a skilled, two-positional player that can be used in all situations," Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford said in a statement. "He will add depth to our team at an important time of the season."

Brookbank has appeared in 127 NHL games, including 27 this season, recording six goals and 345 penalty minutes overall. Melichar has four assists in 15 games this season for the Hurricanes.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery