Hurricanes, Florida pull four-player deal

calexander@newsobserver.comJanuary 19, 2012 

— The Carolina Hurricanes conducted a trade Wednesday, but not one involving any of their regulars.

The Hurricanes acquired forwards Evgenii Dadonov and A.J. Jenks from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forwards Jon Matsumoto and Mattias Lindstrom.

Matsumoto, 25, was the leading scorer this season with 34 points for the Charlotte Checkers, the Canes' AHL affiliate. Lindstrom, 20, was a third-round draft pick by the Canes in 2009.

Dadonov, 22, has played 15 games for Panthers this season, notching two goals and one assist. The Chelyabinsk, Russia, native has played 20 games for the San Antonio Rampage, Florida's AHL affiliate.

Dadonov had career highs in NHL games played (36), goals (8), assists (9) and points (17) in 2010-11, and represented Florida at the 2011 NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh as one of 12 rookies selected to participate.

Jenks, 21, is in his second professional season, splitting the season between San Antonio (AHL) and Cincinnati (ECHL). Jenks helped the U.S. win the gold medal at the 2010 World Junior Championship.

Dalpe recalled

The Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday recalled forward Zac Dalpe from the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL while reassigning forward Brett Sutter to the Checkers.

Sutter was brought up Jan. 5 on an emergency recall and played the past seven games for the Canes. Dalpe has played 13 games for the Hurricanes this season and has a goal and an assist.

In Wednesday's team practice, Dalpe was on a line with center Jeff Skinner and winger Jussi Jokinen. Skinner, who took a big hit from Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik in Tuesday's game, said he was fine physically on Wednesday. Skinner was playing his second game since returning from a concussion.

Chip Alexander

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