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.