RALEIGH — The Carolina Hurricanes finally made a move with defenseman Ian White on Friday, sending him to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for the Sharks' second-round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
In a separate deal with the Sharks, the Canes also obtained defenseman Derek Joslin for future considerations.
But the NHL trade deadline is Feb. 28. There's still time for the Hurricanes to make other moves, especially with the Atlanta Thrashers - a team fighting the Canes for a playoff position in the NHL's Eastern Conference - picking up forward Blake Wheeler and defenseman Mark Stuart on Friday in a trade with the Boston Bruins.
"We do have flexibility if something comes along in the next week that makes sense for us," Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Friday.
Joslin, 23, has played in 17 games with San Jose this season, with one goal and three assists. He's in his third NHL season and has 53 games of experience.
"We really liked Joslin," Rutherford said. "He did not get to play regularly in San Jose, but we feel he can be a very useful player and has a good upside.
"On top of that, we got the draft pick [from San Jose]. We can use that for flexibility in the next week if something comes along."
Rutherford said the coaching staff has been comfortable with the play of defenseman Brett Carson, who was recalled Tuesday from the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL. Carson, 25, has played in nine games this season, with a plus-5 rating, and is plus-7 in 68 total games for the Canes.
Rutherford said Joslin and Carson would compete for playing time as the Canes' sixth defenseman, saying the team may carry an extra defenseman.
It was a busy trade day in the NHL, with the biggest transaction being the Toronto Maple Leafs dealing defenseman Tomas Kaberle to the Bruins. The Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators even flipped goalies - the Avs' Craig Anderson traded for the Sens' Brian Elliott. The Tampa Bay Lightning, which leads the Southeast Division, acquired defenseman Eric Brewer from the St. Louis Blues.
White's status had been in limbo since Rutherford confirmed Wednesday the Canes were considering a trade offer for White. The veteran defenseman came to Carolina in a Nov. 17 deal with the Calgary Flames and is due to become an unrestricted free agent after the season.
White, who had no goals and 10 assists in 39 games for Carolina, was a healthy scratch in Wednesday's road game against the New Jersey Devils. He practiced with the Canes on Thursday and was at the morning skate Friday at the RBC Center.
Rutherford said the Sharks' offer for White was the one being considered the past few days. He also did not rule out another move.
"We're like several teams and will continue to keep our eyes open," he said. "If something makes sense, we may do something. If not, we won't."