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HURRICANES TRADE MIKE RUCINSKI TO DEVILS FOR TED DRURY

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

Drury will now play for the Hurricanes’ AHL affiliate in Lowell, Mass.

RALEIGH, NC (March 4, 2002) – Jason Karmanos, Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the National Hockey League Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the Hurricanes have acquired minor league center Ted Drury from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for defenseman Mike Rucinski. Drury will now play for the Hurricanes’ AHL affiliate in Lowell, Mass.

“Ted will provide veteran leadership down the stretch and into the playoffs for Lowell,” said Karmanos.

Drury, 30, is in his ninth professional season and has 414 games of NHL experience with Calgary, Hartford, Ottawa, Anaheim, the New York Islanders and Columbus. He has totaled 93 career points (41g, 52a) and 367 penalty minutes in the NHL, including 15 points (4g, 11a) and 31 penalty minutes in 50 games over two seasons with the Hurricanes franchise. A second –round draft choice of the Calgary Flames in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, Drury has 18 points (8g, 10a) and 23 penalty minutes in 51 games with New Jersey’s top minor league affiliate in Albany this season.

Rucinski, 26, is currently in his sixth professional season and has played 26 career NHL games with Carolina over three seasons, totaling two points (0g, 2a) and 10 penalty minutes. A ninth-round draft choice in 1995, Rucinski (5’11’’, 190 lbs.), has scored 16 points (5g, 11a) in 63 games with Lowell this season. He split last season between Cincinnati of the International Hockey League (IHL) and Carolina, tallying 23 points (1g, 22a) in 79 games with Cincinnati and playing two games with Carolina without registering a point.

Lowell currently trails Manchester by two points for the top spot in the AHL’s North Division. Drury will make his debut with the Lock Monsters on Wednesday when Lowell hosts Norfolk.

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