The Carolina Hurricanes have traded forward Jussi Jokinen to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange or a conditional 2013 seventh-round draft pick.
"This is a particular case that without Sidney Crosby, for whatever period of time that is, you have a very good guy who has put up lots of points to fill in and to be a real good centreman for you on that line," head coach Dan Bylsma said.
The 30-year-old Jokinen was placed on waivers and cleared a little more than a week before the trade deadline.
The Hurricanes are retaining some of Jokinen's salary in the transaction.
If Jokinen plays 50 per cent of the Penguins' playoff games and the team wins the Stanley Cup, Carolina will receive a sixth-round pick. If Jokinen plays in 25 per cent of the Penguins' playoff games and the team wins the Stanley Cup, the pick will be a seventh-rounder.
"This deal is important for our team's financial flexibility moving forward," Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said.
In 33 games with the Hurricanes this season, Jokinen has scored six goals and added five assists.
The former sixth-round draft pick is in the second year of a three-year, $9 million deal.
Jokinen has scored 121 goals and 225 assists in 569 career NHL games with the Hurricanes, Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning.