Hurricanes quiet as trade deadline passes

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Carolina Hurricanes failed to pull the trigger on any last-minute trades today.

The defending Stanley Cup champions remained content to keep their ten NHL-caliber defensemen in the fold and allowed the trading deadline to pass uneventfully.

Carolina's lack of movement wasn't entirely unexpected. In the days leading up to the deadline, general manager Jim Rutherford had said the Hurricanes weren't actively shopping players.

He had said he would listen to other teams' offers for defensemen, however.

Forward Anson Carter is the Hurricanes' only new acquisition for their run toward the playoffs. They obtained Carter from Columbus last week for a future draft pick.

The Hurricanes entered tonight's game against Ottawa in the Number Eight spot in a tightly bunched Eastern Conference race. A total of seven points separate the third-place team, Tampa Bay, from the tenth place, Toronto.

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