Hurricanes make deal with the Devils

Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network

Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Carolina Hurricanes were participants in this year’s National Hockey League (NHL) trade deadline activity and announced on Wednesday the acquisition of center Andrei Loktionov and a conditional draft pick from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for forward Tuomo Ruutu.

“Andrei is a young, skilled forward who will play on our power play,” president and general manager Jim Rutherford said.

“Tuomo was a good player for the Hurricanes and we thank him for his contributions to our organization over the past seven years.”

Loktionov, 23, has totaled four goals and eight assists (12 points) in 48 games with New Jersey during his first full NHL season after being acquired from Los Angeles in 2013.

The Russian native made his NHL debut for the Kings during the 2009-10 season before suffering a shoulder injury.

He returned to action the following year, and was a member of the LA’s Stanley Cup championship team in 2011-12.

Los Angeles’ seventh pick (123rd overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Loktionov has totaled 38 points (19g, 19a) and 20 penalty minutes in 135 career games played with Los Angeles and New Jersey.

The 31 year-old Ruutu had five goals and 11 assists in 57 games played with the Hurricanes this season.

The native of Finland has tallied 138 goals and 186 assists in 606 career games over 10 seasons with Chicago and Carolina.