Hurricanes pick up Jokinen from Lightning Staff

2/7/2009 1:59:31 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired forward Jussi Jokinen from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for forward Wade Brookbank, defenceman Josef Melichar and a fourth-round draft pick in the 2009 Entry Draft.

"Jussi is a skilled, two-positional player that can be used in all situations," Hurricanes President and General Manager Jim Rutherford said in a release. "He will add depth to our team at an important time of the season."

Jokinen, 25, has scored six goals and earned 10 assists (16 points) in 46 games this season with Tampa Bay. The Kalajoki, Finland, native is in his fourth NHL season after beginning his North American professional career with Dallas in 2005-06.

The 31-year old Brookbank has played in 27 games this season, posting one goal and 40 penalty minutes.

The 33-year old Melichar has four assists in 15 games this year.