Hurricanes trade defenseman Hainsey to Pittsburgh for draft pick and Kristo

RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the team has traded defenseman Ron Hainsey to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a second-round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft and forward Danny Kristo.

In 40 American Hockey League(AHL) games this season with the Chicago Wolves and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Kristo, 26, has scored 6 goals and earned 7 assists(13 points) with both teams this season.  A native of Edina, Minnesota, Kristo was originally selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round, 56th overall of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, and has totaled 153 points(78g, 75a) in 267 career AHL games with Hamilton, Hartford, Chicago, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.  Prior to turning pro, Kristo spent four seasons playing his collegiate hockey at the University of North Dakota, where he was a 2012-13 ACHA West First-team All-American with the Fighting Hawks.  Kristo has also represented his native United States in an number of international tournaments, including the 2008 U-18 World Junior Championship, the 2009 and 2010 World Junior Championships, and the 2013 IIHF(International Ice Hockey Federation) World Championship.

Hainsey, 35, appeared in 300 games as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes, ranking him 10th among defensemen since the franchise’s arrival in North Carolina back in 1997.  The Bolton, Connecticut native, who was originally drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round(13th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft is currently in his 14th NHL season, and has totaled 250 points(49g, 201a) in 891 career NHL games with Montreal, Columbus, Atlanta, Winnipeg, and Carolina.

The Hurricanes resume their 5-game homestand on Friday night as they welcome in the Ottawa Senators to PNC Arena(7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Carolinas, Hurricanes Radio Network).