'Canes get stronger

TERRY KOSHAN

, Last Updated: 10:48 AM ET

The Maple Leafs shrugged when one of the teams they are trying to catch in the Eastern Conference playoff race, the Carolina Hurricanes, acquired winger Anson Carter from the Columbus Blue Jackets yesterday.

"I didn't expect him to be in our lineup so it is no concern of ours," coach Paul Maurice said. "If he plays well for them, then they do get stronger."

Carter has 10 goals and 17 assists in 54 games. There was some surprise he did not command more than the fifth-round pick in 2008 that Columbus received for him. The Hurricanes are in eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 69 points, two ahead of the 10th-place Leafs.

Should the Leafs do anything before the trade deadline?

"We have done a good job with this team the past month or so and we have shown we can beat the top teams," captain Mats Sundin said. "You're asking the wrong guy. It's a management question, what happens with the roster. We just try to be as good as we can with the guys in the room here."

NOT FOR ME

Andrew Raycroft was not shocked that Ottawa Senators goalie Ray Emery fought twice during the same stoppage in play in a game against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night, first scrapping with Sabres goalie Martin Biron before going at it with enforcer Andrew Peters.

"More important than anything else, Emery loves doing it," Raycroft said. "I don't have that kind of mindset. It's crazy, but not really surprising at all. There are probably only two goalies in the league -- him and Dan Cloutier (of the Los Angeles Kings) -- who can really do that."

Could Raycroft ever imagine getting into two fights in the same stoppage?

"Not a chance," Raycroft said.

FUTILITY RACE

Leafs forward Wade Belak and Flyers defenceman Derian Hatcher are on a collision course to futility. Belak has gone 126 games without scoring a goal and Hatcher has gone 115 without one.


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