Pens ship Recchi to Carolina, Jackman to Florida
Shane Endicott was shipped down to Wilkes-Barre.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Carolina Hurricanes added another important offensive piece Thursday, acquiring veteran forward Mark Recchi from Pittsburgh less than an hour before the NHL's trade deadline.
Recchi gives the NHL's top team a replacement for injured forward Erik Cole, who will miss the rest of the regular season after fracturing a vertebra in his neck less than a week ago against the Penguins. Cole already had a career-high 60 points in 60 games before the injury.
"I didn't feel pressure to do it, it wasn't an absolute necessity," Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford said. "It's not like we were out looking at several players. While the loss of Erik hurts our team, if we weren't able to get Mark Recchi, we weren't going to get anyone else."
The Hurricanes sent defenseman Niklas Nordgren, minor league forward Krys Kolanos and a second-round pick in 2007 to Pittsburgh.
To make the move, Recchi also waived his no-trade, a change in his stance from earlier this season. He has a team option for $2.28 million for next season and a player option for $760,000 -- if neither is picked up, he will become a free agent.
Recchi has 24 goals and 33 assists in 63 games for Pittsburgh, which loses a proven scorer and doesn't get much in return. His rating of minus-28 is the second-worst among the NHL's 835 skaters, trailing only Bryan Berard of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Rutherford expects Recchi to join the Hurricanes in time for Saturday's game at the Florida Panthers.
Carolina led the NHL with 91 points entering Thursday night.
The Penguins also traded defensemen Ric Jackman and Cory Cross and claimed center Andy Hilbert, who was put on waivers by the Chicago Blackhawks.
Pittsburgh also sent center Shane Endicott to Wilkes-Barre Scranton for a two-week conditioning stint.
Jackman was traded to Florida for center Petr Taticek, who has nine goals and 21 assists in 44 games with Houston of the AHL. Jackman had six goals and 22 assists in 49 games with the Penguins, but struggled to stay in the lineup and never won the confidence of the team's coaches.
Cross, 35, was traded to Detroit for a fourth-round draft pick after appearing in just six games with the Penguins this season, recording one assist and six penalty minutes.
The 6-foot-5, 225 pounder was acquired with Jani Rita from the Edmonton Oilers for Dick Tarnstrom on Jan. 26.
Hilbert played in 28 games this season with Chicago, recording nine points and 22 penalty minutes. He also played in five games with Chicago's AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, recording seven points.
Hilbert ranked seventh in scoring in the AHL in 2004-05, recording 79 points in 79 games with Providence. He was chosen as team MVP and led the team in playoff scoring with 21 points in 17 games.
He has played in 66 NHL games with Boston and Chicago, recording 15 points and 40 penalty minutes. The Blackhawks acquired him from Boston on Nov. 6, 2005.
Endicott played in 34 games with the Penguins. The 6-foot-4, 211 pounder was drafted by the Penguins in the second round of the 2000 draft.
He missed the first 20 games recovering from a high ankle sprain and nine games with a groin injury.
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