Ottawa gets Cullen from Carolina for draft pick, defenceman Alexandre Picard

Adding to what had already been a busy morning, the Ottawa Senators have acquired centre Matt Cullen in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes, sending defenceman Alexandre Picard and a second-round draft pick to North Carolina in exchange.

Cullen is ninth on Carolina’s post-relocation scoring list, with 181 points in 266 games with the Hurricanes. The 32-year-old was part of the team’s run to the Stanley Cup title four years ago.

“Alexandre is a good, young defenceman who should become a regular part of the Hurricanes’ blue-line,” Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford said in a release Friday. “We wish Matt all the best, and thank him for his many years here in Carolina.”

The Hurricanes, who sit 14th in the Eastern Conference despite winning eight of their last 10 games, claimed Ottawa’s second-round pick in the 2010 draft along with Picard, who has 15 points in 45 games with the Senators.

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Earlier Friday morning, Ottawa announced general manager Bryan Murray had been signed to a one-year contract extension. The Senators have won 14 of their last 15 games to climb into first place in the Northeast Division.

The Sens also placed former 50-goal scorer Jonathan Cheechoo on waivers Friday morning. Cheechoo has struggled with five goals and 14 points in 61 games this season.

An NHL roster freeze takes effect at 3 p.m. ET, lasting through the Olympics.