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01-13-2013, 10:55 AM
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Originally Posted by tarheelhockey View Post
Boucher's spot is the one being cleared, as Dan Ellis has played his way into that spot. Pither/Alt is essentially a minor league trade; neither is significant in terms of NHL roster.

It was pointed out on the Canes board that Charlotte is losing half a dozen players this weekend. Some of those spots will be filled by ECHL call ups, but it would be nice for them to have an AHL-quality replacement somewhere in there.

So... Alt/Pither cuts bait on a potential future AHL dman while bringing in an AHL center. Minor-league swap unless Alt's development curve changes dramatically. Boucher is sent to Philly because waiving him would be kind of a crummy move at this stage of his life. Rutherford kills two birds with one stone, and Holmgren was probably all too happy to upgrade his backup and acquire a prospect in exchange for a nobody AHL'er.
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