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Hurricanes acquire Doug Weight
The Carolina Hurricanes are having a resurgent year, after a dismal 2003-04 regular season. The added some veteran scoring to their lineup by acquiring center Doug Weight from the St. Louis Blues. The deal sees Weight and prospect Erkki Rajamaki go to the Carolina Hurricanes for Jesse Boulerice, Mike Zigomanis, the draft rights to unsigned Swedish prospect Magnus Kahnberg as well as a first-round pick in 2006 and two fourth-rounders.
With the Canes expected to finish near the top of the NHL standings this year, the 2006 first round pick will be late in the draft. The three players they gave up came from their minor league team and the two late round picks are not worth that much. In return they get a bonafide star in Weight to play alongside budding phenom Eric Staal. Dough Weight waived his no-trade clause to come to Raleigh (never thought you'd see that, eh?) and is in the final year of his contract.
The Blues have now officially gone into "re-building" mode with the trade of Weight and Mike Sillinger. The latter was sent packing to the Nashville Predators for Russian prospect Timofei Shishkano. The Blues are really struggling this year with an NHL worst 32 points in 50 games this season and will likely miss the playoffs for the first time since 1980.