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Canes Acquire Pothier, Osala, Draft Pick for Corvo

Pothier has played 41 games for Caps this year; Pick is 2011 second-rounder

Wednesday, 03.03.2010 / 3:59 PM / News
By Paul Branecky
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Canes Acquire Pothier, Osala, Draft Pick for Corvo

RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired defenseman Brian Pothier (POH-thee-uhr), left wing Oskar Osala (OH-sa-la) and a second-round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft from the Washington Capitals in exchange for defenseman Joe Corvo. Rutherford will be available to the media at 3:15 p.m. at the RBC Center today, after the NHL’s trade deadline has passed at 3 p.m.

Pothier, 32, has skated in 41 games for the Capitals this season, totaling four goals and seven assists (11 points) and registering a plus-12 plus/minus rating. The New Bedford, MA, native is tied for fifth among Capitals in blocked shots (58), and is averaging 18:02 per game in ice time. He has scored four goals and earned six assists (10 points) and is plus-11 in his most recent 28 games played for Washington. Pothier played his college hockey at RPI, and has totaled 25 goals and 89 assists (114 points) in 342 career NHL games with Atlanta, Ottawa and Washington.

Osala, 22, has scored 15 goals and earned 14 assists (29 points) in 53 games this season with the American Hockey League-leading Hershey Bears. The Vaasa, Finland, native began his North American professional career last season, registering 23 goals and 14 assists (37 points) in 75 regular-season games with Hershey. Osala (6’4”, 225 lbs.) notched six goals and earned four assists (10 points) in the Bears’ 22-game march to the AHL’s 2009 Calder Cup championship. Washington drafted Osala in the fourth round, 97th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, and he made his NHL debut in 2008-09, playing in two games with the Capitals.

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