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Canes unload 5 veterans at NHL deadline

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -The Carolina Hurricanes traded five veteran players and stockpiled draft picks in a flurry of deals before the NHL deadline.

General manager Jim Rutherford says the Hurricanes dealt defenseman Joe Corvo to the Washington Capitals, forwards Stephane Yelle and prospect Harrison Reed to the Colorado Avalanche and defenseman Andrew Alberts to the Vancouver Canucks.

Carolina received defenseman Brian Pothier, left winger Oskar Osala and a second-round pick in 2011 from Washington; landed prospect Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll and a sixth-round draft choice from Colorado; and acquired Vancouver's third-round pick for Alberts.

Those moves came after they sent defenseman Aaron Ward to the Anaheim Ducks for a minor league goalie and a draft choice, then traded forward Scott Walker to Washington for another pick.

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