RALEIGH, NC - Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the Hurricanes have acquired forward Nino Niederreiter from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Victor Rask.
"We're excited to welcome a proven goal-scorer and veteran presence in Nino Niederreiter," said Waddell. "We wish Victor the best moving forward and thank him for his efforts on the ice and in the community during his time in Raleigh."
Niederreiter, 26, has registered 23 points (9g, 14a) in 46 games with Minnesota this season. The 6'2", 218-pound forward scored a career-high 25 goals during the 2016-17 season and has reached the 20-goal plateau three times in his career. The Chur, Switzerland, native, has recorded 231 points (112g, 119a) in 498 career NHL games with the NY Islanders and Minnesota. He ranks first in NHL history in goals among Swiss-born players and fourth in points, assists and games played. Niederreiter was drafted by the Islanders in the first round, fifth overall, in the 2010 NHL Draft.
Rask, 25, recorded 163 points (63g, 100a) in 339 career games with the Hurricanes after being drafted by Carolina in the second round, 42nd overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft.