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Devils acquire Ponikarovsky from 'Canes

Friday, 01.20.2012 / 10:36 PM / News

NHL.com

The New Jersey Devils have acquired forward Alexei Ponikarovsky from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for minor-league defenseman Joseph Sova and a fourth-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft.

Alexei Ponikarovsky
Left Wing - CAR
GOALS: 7 | ASST: 8 | PTS: 15
SOG: 98 | +/-: -12
Ponikarovsky, 31, had seven goals and 15 points in 49 games for Carolina this season. He was scoreless in 15:20 of ice time in Friday's 3-0 win against Washington. He's a four-time 20-goal scorer, most recently in 2009-10, but had just five goals and 15 points with Los Angeles last season. He signed with Carolina this summer as a free agent.

In 603 regular-season games, Ponikarovsky has 128 goals, 296 points and 397 penalty minutes. He also has three goals and 10 points in 38 playoff games.

Sova, 23, signed with the Devils as a free agent last spring after three seasons at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. He has split this season between Kalamazoo of the ECHL and the Devils' AHL team in Albany, where he had two goals and two assists in 13 games.

"This trade brings the Hurricanes assets for the future, and gives the young players in our system the opportunity to gain more NHL experience this year," GM Jim Rutherford said in a statement. "We thank Alexei for his hard work during his time with the Hurricanes and wish him good luck in the future."

The deal came one day after the 'Canes sent Jon Matsumoto and Mattias Lindstrom to Florida for Dadonov and AJ Jenks in a four-forward swap.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round