Hurricanes Trade Kapanen to Flyers
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ The slumping Carolina Hurricanes traded two-time All-Star Sami Kapanen to the Philadelphia Flyers for 1999 first-round draft pick Pavel Brendl on Friday.
The defending Eastern Conference champions have lost 22 of 28 games and are 10 points out of a playoff spot with 28 games left.
Two minor leaguers were also involved in the deal. The Flyers got defenseman Ryan Bast, while Carolina acquired defenseman Bruno St. Jacques.
Kapanen put up career-best numbers a season ago, with 27 goals and 42 assists. His 69 points were second on the Hurricanes.
But the right wing slumped badly during the postseason, scoring once in 23 games. His lack of scoring continued into this season with just six goals, one since Nov. 29.
Kapanen said he wasn’t the same after missing 11 games in November and December with a groin problem.
Kapanen leaves the Hurricanes after eight seasons. He ranks fifth in franchise history with 203 assists, sixth in games played (520) and ninth in points (348) and goals (145).
Brendl is considered a rookie despite playing eight games in 2001-02. He has five goals and seven assists in 42 games this season. The 6-foot-1, 206-pound Brendl came to Philadelphia in the trade that sent Eric Lindros to New York.