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Flames send Sutter, White to Hurricanes

The Calgary Flames have shipped Ian White (pictured) and Darryl Sutter to the Carolina Hurricanes....

The Calgary Flames have shipped Ian White (pictured) and Darryl Sutter to the Carolina Hurricanes. (REUTERS)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:38 PM ET

The Calgary Flames dealt away a couple of potential problems Wednesday by trading away defenceman Ian White and minor league forward Brett Sutter to the Carolina Hurricanes.

In exchange, the Flames acquire defenceman Anton Babchuk and forward Tom Kostopoulos.

Sutter, the son of GM Darryl Sutter, is facing assault charges after punching a cab driver in Phoenix last week, while White is due to become an unrestricted free agent after this season, and likely wouldn’t have been re-signed by the club.

White spent less than a year with the Flames, having been acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs in the blockbuster deal that sent Dion Phaneuf to Toronto.

White, whose salary is US$5 short of $3 million this season, played 43 games for Calgary, during which he collected six goals and 12 assists.

This season, he’s minus-10.

Sutter, a 2005 draft choice, has 18 NHL games under his belt in which he’s collected one goal and one assist. His cousin, Brandon, plays for the Hurricanes.

Babchuk, a first-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2002, has eight points in 17 games this season. The 6-foot-5, 202-lb. blueliner has played 185 NHL games.

Kostopoulos has played 475 career NHL games over nine seasons for Pittsburgh, Los Angeles,

Montreal and Carolina. He has one goal, three assists and 30 penalty minutes in 17 games this season.

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