Canucks get D-man

HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:16 AM ET

A depth defenceman, a minor leaguer, and a prospect was all the Canucks could end up with on a largely uneventful trade deadline day.

Vancouver acquired blueliner Andrew Alberts from the Carolina Hurricanes Wednesday for a third round pick in 2010, a deal to supplement the absence of the injured Willie Mitchell, according to GM Mike Gillis.

"With a head injury and a concussion like the one [Mitchell] has, it's difficult to say when he'll return," Gillis said in a conference call.

"We're going to err on the side of caution with him, so we felt we needed this kind of depth to move forward and make sure we have enough NHL-quality defencemen in the event we get any more injuries."

Alberts, who was drafted by Boston in 2001, has 10 points and 74 penalty minutes in 62 games with the Hurricanes this season.

The 6-foot-5, 218-pound rugged defenceman is also a plus-seven and fourth in hits amongst NHL blueliners.

Gillis also said they received calls about prospect goaltender Cory Schneider but didn't get close to trading him, adding that none of the offers were appropriate.

Earlier, the Canucks acquired Yan Stastny from the St. Louis Blues for prospect Pierre-Cedric Labrie.

Stastny has 10 goals and 27 points in 49 games with the AHL's Peoria Rivermen, plus one goal in four games with the NHL Blues.

The Canucks also traded away veteran defenceman Mathieu Schneider to the Phoenix Coyotes for Sean Zimmerman, 22, and a conditional sixth round pick.


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