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Hurricanes get goalie Lack from Canucks for picks

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The Carolina Hurricanes acquired goaltender Eddie Lack from the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday for two draft picks.

"Carolina really wanted me," Lack told the Hurricanes website. "It's a great opportunity for me, and I'm really excited."

Vancouver received the 66th pick in the 2015 draft and a seventh-round pick in 2016 for Lack, who was 18-13-14 with a 2.45 goals-against average and .921 save percentage this season. He assumed the No. 1 role when Ryan Miller was injured in late February and went 12-6-2 in 21 appearances from Feb. 24-April 9.

"I matured as a person. From a goaltending standpoint, I feel like I've gotten so much better," Lack said. "To be honest, I still feel like I have a lot to give. I feel like I'm two or three years away from my prime. I'm never satisfied. I keep pushing forward, and that's what's going to help me in the long run."

Lack will team with Cam Ward in goal; shortly after acquiring Lack, the Hurricanes traded goaltender Anton Khudobin to the Anaheim Ducks for defenseman James Wisniewski. Ward, 31, was 22-24-5 with a 2.40 GAA and .910 save percentage in 2014-15.

"Cam Ward has been playing great for a lot of years," Lack said. "We're going to push each other and hopefully achieve some really great results together."

Jacob Markstrom will back up Miller next season. The 25-year-old played three games with the Canucks in 2014-15; he also helped the Utica Comets, Vancouver's American Hockey League affiliate, reach the Calder Cup Finals. Markstrom was 22-7-2 during the AHL regular season and 12-11 in the playoffs.

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