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by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes


Hurricanes add one of the NHL’s top two-way centers

RALEIGH, NC -- Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the 1999 Southeast Division Champion Carolina Hurricanes, today announced the Hurricanes have acquired Philadelphia Flyers’ center Rod Brind’Amour (BRIHND-uh-MOHR), goaltender Jean-Marc Pelletier (PEHL-tyay), Philadelphia’s second round pick in 2000 NHL Draft, and future considerations, in exchange for Keith Primeau and Carolina’s fifth round pick in the 2000 NHL Draft.

“We are excited to announce the acquisition of Rod Brind’Amour,” stated Rutherford. “He brings character, leadership, and toughness to our locker room. He is one of the NHL’s best all around centers and will boost our specialty teams. This is a player we have coveted for some time. This represents a new start for our team. Not only have we resolved Keith’s situation, but more importantly, we have improved our hockey team by acquiring a top caliber player in Rod Brind’Amour and a promising young goaltender in Jean-Marc Pelletier, who played in the AHL All-Star Game last season in just his first professional year.”

Brind’Amour, 29, is a veteran of 11 NHL seasons and has served as an alternate captain for the Philadelphia Flyers for the past five seasons. He entered this season as one of the NHL’s iron-men, having played in 484 consecutive regular season games before suffering a hairline fracture in his left foot in a preseason against New Jersey (9/25). He underwent surgery on October 12, 1999 and was placed in a hard cast. He returned to Philadelphia’s lineup on December 22, 1999 at New Jersey, missing Philadelphia’s first 34 games. In 12 games this season, Brind’Amour has eight points (5g, 3a) and four penalty minutes in 12 games. Prior to this season, Brind’Amour had missed just six games in his 11 NHL seasons. In his NHL career, Brind’Amour has played 790 games, scoring 278 goals and 433 assists for a total of 711 points while collecting 702 penalty minutes. Brind’Amour was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 1990 after scoring 61 points (26g, 35a) in 79 games. He played in the NHL All-Star Game in 1992 and was also selected to represent Canada in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

Brind’Amour was originally drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the first round (9th overall) in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. He played two seasons with the Blues before being dealt to Philadelphia along with Dan Quinn for Ron Sutter and Murray Baron in September of 1991. He has played 633 of his 790 NHL games with the Flyers and ranks in the Flyers’ top ten in franchise history in games played (8th), goals (9th), assists (5th), points (7th). Brind’Amour has scored at least 24 goals in eight of his ten previous NHL seasons with the exceptions being his second season in St. Louis (1990-91) when he had 17 goals and the work stoppage season of 1994-95 with Philadelphia when he had 12 goals in 48 games.

Pelletier, 21, was Philadelphia’s first choice (30th overall) in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. He has played the past two seasons for the Flyers’ AHL farm team, the Phantoms. This season, Pelletier owns a 14-10-0 with a 2.49 goals against average for the Phantoms. He posted a 2.78 goals against average and a 25-16-4 record in 47 games with the Phantoms in the 1998-99 season and was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1999 AHL All-Star Game. He has one NHL start, a 5-0 defeat to the Ottawa Senators (3/4/99). Prior to playing in the Flyers’ system, Pelletier spent two seasons at Cornell (1995-96 and 1996-97) before joining Rimouski of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for the 1997-98 season.

The trade brings conclusion to the franchise’s longest contract dispute.

“It is important to our franchise to negotiate fair, yet realistic, contracts,” stated Rutherford. “We took a position on Keith that was an important step for the organization and our fans. Despite what some people may think, players’ salaries do have a direct impact on every team’s bottom line in this league. We placed a certain value on Keith and we could not come to terms. In the face of that situation, we have acquired a proven NHL All-Star and a promising young goaltender without compromising our financial viability. We are committed to provided our fans with the best entertainment value in professional sports –the best team possible and reasonable ticket prices. We have an excellent future in one of the country’s top growing markets, and we are focused on establishing a fiscal policy that ensures both our short and long term success.”

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