HURRICANES TO GO WITH IRBE, WEEKES IN NET
RALEIGH, NC (March 15, 2002)
|Tom Barrasso was 13-12-5 with a 2.61 goals against average before being traded to Toronto. |
– Jim Rutherford, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the team has traded goaltender Tom Barrasso to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Barrasso is an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the season.
The Hurricanes will complete the season with goaltenders Arturs Irbe and the newly-acquired Kevin Weekes.
“This cleans up our goaltending situation,” said Rutherford. “This gives us the opportunity over the next few days to see if there are any other changes necessary.”
Barrasso, 36, was 13-12-5 with Carolina this season after signing to a free-agent contract last summer. He had a 2.61 goals against average, a .906 save percentage and two shutouts for the Hurricanes. Barrasso has played 767 career NHL games, compiling a record of 366-271-86 with a goals against average of 3.24, a save percentage of .892 and 37 shutouts.
Weekes was acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 5 in exchange for right wing Shane Willis and left wing Chris Dingman. Weekes, 26, has played in 158 career NHL games over five seasons with the Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning. The Toronto native has accumulated a record of 39-82-13 with a goals against average of 3.24 and eight shutouts in his NHL career. Weekes (6’0’’, 195 lbs.) has played in 19 games with Tampa Bay this season and has a record of 3-9-0 with a 2.89 goals against average, a save percentage of .915 and two shutouts.