'Canes Send Cole To Oilers For Pitkanen

The Carolina Hurricanes have traded forward Erik Cole to the Edmonton Oilers for defenseman Joni Pitkanen

The deal gives the Hurricanes the young, offensive-minded defenseman they've long coveted but cost them their top-line right
wing, who is the third-leading goal-scorer in franchise history.

The 29-year-old Cole had 22 goals and 29 assists in his seventh season with the Hurricanes and helped lead them to the Stanley Cup
two years ago. He is entering the final year of a contract that pays him 4 million dollars per season.

The 24-year-old Pitkanen had eight goals and 18 assists in his only season with Edmonton. He ranked second among the team's defensemen in scoring after he was picked up in a trade last summer
with Philadelphia. He is a restricted free agent who made $2.4 million in 2007-08.