NHL trade winds blow Hurricanes' way in completing 3 deals

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Ottawa Senators centre Jean-Gabriel Pageau (44) celebrates a goal against the Dallas Stars with left wing Anthony Duclair (10) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Ottawa, Ontario. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)

Hurricanes president Don Waddell resisted the urge to sign Zamboni driver David Ayres — or acquire anyone else, for that matter — to address Carolina's injury-depleted goaltending ranks before the NHL trade deadline struck Monday.

Waddell, however, did manage to upgrade the rest of his roster to better position his team in the tightly contested Metropolitan Division over the final six weeks of the season.

The Hurricanes acquired center Vincent Trocheck in a multiplayer deal with Florida. And they bulked up their defense by adding Sami Vatanen from New Jersey and sending a first-round draft pick to land Brady Skjei from the New York Rangers.

“We believe in the guys that we had here, but we thought we needed to strengthen us at certain positions,” Waddell said. “I think, overall, it's a strong message that we're here to win.”

The Hurricanes weren’t the only Metropolitan team making moves when just seven points separate the third-place Philadelphia Flyers and seventh-place Rangers.

The New York Islanders acquired Jean-Gabriel Pageau from the Ottawa Senators, and then signed the playmaking forward to a six-year contract extension.

Patrick Marleau is back in the Eastern Conference after the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired the 40-year-old in a trade with San Jose. The Penguins then brought back forward Conor Sheary, a member of Pittsburgh’s past two Stanley Cup winners, in a trade with Buffalo.

Overall, the 32 trades completed were the most on the NHL's final day of trading. And the 55 players dealt matched the record set on March 3, 2010.