Hurricanes get Jokinen from Tampa Bay for Brookbank, Melichar and pick

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Carolina Hurricanes acquired left-winger Jussi Jokinen from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday for Wade Brookbank, Josef Melichar and a fourth-round draft pick in 2009.

Jokinen, 25, has six goals and 10 assists in 46 games this season with the Lightning. He joins a Carolina team fighting for one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.

“Jussi is a skilled, two-positional player that can be used in all situations,” Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said in a statement. “He will add depth to our team at an important time of the season.”

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Jokinen is in his fourth NHL season. He started his career with Dallas and has 53 goals and 108 assists in 281 NHL games.

Brookbank, a 31-year-old forward, has one goal in 28 games for the Hurricanes this season while Melichar, a 30-year-old defenceman, has four assists in 15 games.