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HURRICANES TRADE RANHEIM TO PHILADELPHIA FOR DRAFT PICK IN 2002 ENTRY DRAFT

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

RALEIGH, NC (MAY 31, 2000) -- Jim Rutherford, CEO and General Manager of the National Hockey League Carolina Hurricanes, today announced the team has traded forward Paul Ranheim to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for the Flyers’ eighth round pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

“Paul has been a solid player for our organization over the years. We appreciate his efforts and wish he and his family all the best,” stated Rutherford. “We are in the process of ensuring our organization is in proper order as we prepare for the expansion and NHL entry drafts coming up in June. We have some talented players in minor and junior hockey that we feel need the chance to make our club next season.”

Ranheim, 34, completed his seventh season with the franchise and his 12th NHL season this past year. Ranheim (6’1”, 210 lbs.) had 22 points (9g, 13a) in 79 games with Carolina in 1999-2000. In his NHL career, Ranheim, who was originally drafted by the Calgary Flames in the second round (38th overall) in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, has played in 786 games, collecting 143 goals and 180 assists for a total of 323 points. He has totaled 222 penalty minutes. After being acquired from Calgary on March 10, 1994, Ranheim played in 432 games with the franchise, scoring 49 goals and 80 assists for a total of 129 points.

The NHL Expansion and Entry Drafts will take place this June in Calgary. The Expansion Draft will take place on Friday, June 23, 2000 when Minnesota and Columbus will be selecting a player each from the pool of unprotected NHL players from each team. The Entry Draft will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25, 2000, with the first three rounds taking place on Saturday.

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