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Leafs acquire D Wesley

The Hurricanes traded defenseman Glen Wesley to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a second-round pick in the 2004 draft.

The trade had been rumored for a week but was finalized Saturday night when Toronto sweetened the deal, according to Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford.

"This is a relief, because there has been so much speculation," Wesley said before catching to plane for Edmonton to join his new team.

"It has been a very stressful time."

Wesley, a 16-year veteran and the anchor of Carolina's defense for nine seasons, goes from a team well out of the playoffs to a Stanley Cup contender. The Leafs also acquired Owen Nolan from the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday for the Eastern Conference playoff push.

PREDATORS-PANTHERS TRADE: Nashville acquired goaltender Wade Flaherty from Florida for defenseman Pascal Trepanier. Nashville also recalled goaltender Jan Lasak from Milwaukee of the AHL.

ISLANDERS-PENGUINS-FLYERS TRADES: New York acquired center Randy Robitaille from Pittsburgh for a fifth-round pick in this year's entry draft. New York also sent veteran forward Claude Lapointe to Philadelphia for a fifth-round pick. In other moves, goaltender Rick DiPietro was recalled by the Islanders from Bridgeport of the AHL and defenseman Alan Letang was sent to Bridgeport.

SHARKS: Defenseman Rob Davison was recalled from AHL club Cleveland to replace Bryan Marchment, who was traded Saturday to Colorado.

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