In a minor league trade, the Carolina Hurricanes have acquired forward Dane Fox from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for future considerations.
Fox has spent the majority of the season with the Kalamazoo Wings in the ECHL, where he led the team with 50 points in 53 games. That was enough to have him tied for 14th overall in the league.
For the Canucks, it may be a case offloading a contract, bringing them down to 44 of the 50 allowable. They’ve gone all-in on young players so this provides some additional roster flexibility to bring in even more. That may or may not be a factor, as we approach NCAA and CHL free agent signing season and the team prepares to bring Nikita Tryamkin over from the KHL.
The space could also be used to sign some of their current prospects to entry-level deals and get them a little experience in the NHL or AHL before the end of the season.
Fox will be brought up to the AHL to play with the Charlotte Checkers. It’s his second year of pro hockey since graduating from the Erie Otters of the OHL. He scored 30 goals and 45 points in the ECHL last season as a rookie. He played his first and only AHL game this season for Utica.
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