Thursday, March 4, 2010

'Canes assign trio of new acquisitions to Albany

Left wing Oskar Osala, goaltender Justin Pogge and rookie center Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll, each acquired by the Carolina Hurricanes this week, have been assigned to the Albany River Rats.
The Hurricanes also dealt defenseman Joe Corvo to the Washington Capitals to acquire Osala and defenseman and former Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute standout Brian Pothier.
The 22-year-old Osala has totaled 29 points, including 15 goals, in 53 games this season with the AHL-leading Hershey Bears. Originally the fourth-round selection (97th overall) of the Washington Capitals in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Osala is in his second pro season in North America.
Pogge, 23, was traded to the Hurricanes by the Anaheim Ducks for defenseman Aaron Ward along with a 2010 or 2011 six-round draft pick
Pogge, the Toronto Maple Leafs third-round selection (90th overall) in the 2004 Entry Draft, was traded from Toronto to Anaheim last Oct. 9. He posted a 12-7-3 record with a 2.57 goals against average in 23 games this season with San Antonio of the American Hockey League.
Carolina also traded veteran forward Stephane Yelle and River Rats forward Harrison Reed to the Colorado Avalanche for Lablond-McNicholl and a 2010 sixth-round draft pick.
Lablond-McNicoll, 21, has registered 13 (5-8) points in 45 games with Lake Erie of the AHL this season.


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