NHL Draft Notebook: Carolina beefs up its roster
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The Carolina Hurricanes were the busiest team Saturday, acquiring two former first-round draft picks and a high-scoring minor league center.
They dealt away draft picks to pick up center Riley Nash from Edmonton and defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti from the New York Rangers in separate deals.
"Some years, the draft falls your way, and some years it doesn't," general manager Jim Rutherford said after he selected five defensemen on the second day of the draft. "This is a year where we kind of stayed put, we didn't move around with our picks, and we're real pleased with the way it fell."
The Hurricanes also acquired minor league center Jonathan Matsumoto from Philadelphia for a seventh-round pick.
Nash, 21, was drafted by Edmonton in the first round in 2007, then became a point-a-game scorer in 102 games in three seasons at Cornell University. The Hurricanes used a second-round pick to get him.
"I just think he has a lot of the things that are tough to teach," said associate head coach and director of player personnel Ron Francis.
Carolina acquired Sanguinetti from the Rangers for two draft picks, a sixth-rounder this year and the 2011 second-round selection they had acquired in a trade-deadline deal with Washington. Sanguinetti, the Rangers' first-round pick in 2006, had four penalty minutes in five games in his first season with the Rangers.
Matsumoto, 23, led Philadelphia's AHL team with 30 goals and 62 points in 80 games. He was acquired for the 206th pick Saturday, which the Hurricanes had obtained from Washington in a deadline deal for Scott Walker.
San Jose agreed to terms with two more of their potential free agents, checking-line forward Scott Nichol and defenseman Niclas Wallin. Both accepted one-year deals, but no salary terms were disclosed. The team would still like to sign forward Manny Malhotra, one of the league's best faceoff men, before he can become a free agent July 1.
New York's young star, John Tavares, is wearing a walking boot on his right foot after sustaining a stress fracture while playing for Canada in the World Championships in Germany last month. Tavares said the boot is expected to come off in the next two 7-10 days and he should be on the ice shortly after that.
Boston dealt fourth-line forward Vladimir Sobotka to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for 5-foot-9, 170-pound defenseman David Warsofsky, who plays for Boston University. The Bruins also made qualifying offers to restricted free-agent defensemen Mark Stuart and Adam McQuaid and forward Blake Wheeler.
First Published June 27, 2010 12:00 am