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Hurricanes acquire Carter from Columbus

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RALEIGH (AP) -- The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired a scoring threat for their drive toward the NHL playoffs.

The team picked up right wing Anson Carter from the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 2008 draft pick, giving the defending Stanley Cup champions some firepower to replace a pair of injured forwards.

Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford had explored several trade possibilities this week to replace left wingers Cory Stillman and Erik Cole. The team starts tonight's action in eighth place, one point behind Montreal and one point ahead of the New York Islanders.

Stillman is on injured reserve with a knee injury, and Cole will miss at least two weeks after injuring his hip Tuesday.

Carter has 10 goals and 17 assists with three power-play goals this season. The 10-year veteran has 201 career goals and 219 assists during stints with Washington, Boston, Edmonton, the New York Rangers, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Columbus.

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