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Pittsburgh native Vince Trocheck traded to Carolina Hurricanes

Pittsburgh native Vince Trocheck will join the Carolina Hurricanes for their Stanley Cup playoff push after a deadline day trade on Monday.

Trocheck was traded from the Florida Panthers to Carolina on Monday in exchange for forwards Erik Haula and Lucas Wallmark, forward prospect Eetu Luostarinen and defenseman prospect Chase Priskie.

With 74 points, the Hurricanes entered deadline day tied for fifth place in the Metropolitan Division and holding on to the final Eastern Conference wild-card spot by virtue of two games in hand over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Trocheck, 26, had spent his entire NHL career with the Panthers after they drafted him in the third round of the 2011 NHL Draft. In 55 games this season, Trocheck had 10 goals and 26 assists while with the Panthers.

“Vincent brings elements of skill and competitiveness that fit the mold of the style we want to play,” Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell said in a press release. “He’s a right-handed center who is excellent in the face-off circle. With two years left on his contract after this one, this fills a need for our roster for this year and moving forward.”

Trocheck is in the fourth year of a six-year, $28.5 million contract that carries a cap hit of $4.75 million.

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