Hurricanes trade Tlusty, Sekera in separate deals

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Carolina Hurricanes jumped into the National Hockey League (NHL) trade pool with the announcement of two transactions on Wednesday.

Executive vice president and general manager Ron Francis first dealt forward Jiri Tlusty to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a third-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft and either a fifth- or sixth-round pick in the upcoming 2015 NHL Draft.

The conditional 2015 draft pick will be in the fifth round if Winnipeg qualifies for the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs or the sixth round if they do not.

“We appreciate everything that Jiri did for our team and our community during his time in Carolina, and wish him the best in Winnipeg,” Francis said.

Tlusty, 26, scored 13 goals and tallied 10 assists (23 points) in 52 games with the Hurricanes this season as part of totaling 76 goals and 69 assists (145 points) in 322 games played with the club over parts of six seasons.

He established career-highs in goals (23) and points (38) during the shortened 2012-13 season.

Shortly after announcing the Tlusty trade, Carolina confirmed that it had sent defenseman Andrej Sekera to the Los Angeles Kings for defenseman Roland McKeown and a first-round draft pick.

“We appreciate Andrej’s contributions to our organization on and off the ice over the past two seasons,” Francis said.

“He is a good player and an even better person.

Roland has served in leadership positions for Kingston and Hockey Canada and is a good young defenseman that our scouts like. Obviously we are also happy to add an additional first-round pick.”

McKeown, 19, is in his third season with the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), serving as Kington’s captain and ranking second among Kingston defensemen with 24 points (4g, 20a) in 54 games played.

The Listowel, Ont., native was selected in the second round (50th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft after ranking 13th among OHL defensemen in scoring in 2013-14 with 43 points (11g, 32a) in 62 games played, serving as alternate captain for the Frontenacs.

McKeown has represented Canada in several international competitions, including the 2013 U-18 World Junior Championship and the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

The first round draft pick that Carolina will receive in the deal will be in the 2015 NHL Draft should Los Angeles make the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs, or the 2016 NHL Draft if they do not.

Sekera, 28, scored two goals and earned 17 assists (19 points) in 57 games with the Hurricanes this season.

The Bojnice, Slovakia, native joined Carolina from Buffalo via a trade at the 2013 NHL Draft, and set career highs in goals (11), assists (33), points (44), power-play goals (4) and shots (142) in 74 games during the 2013-14 season.

Sekera has posted 30 goals and earned 125 assists (155 points) in 470 career NHL regular season games with Buffalo and Carolina since turning pro in 2006-07.