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Hurricanes Claim Forward Ty Rattie Off Waivers, Place Eddie Lack on IR

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The Canes get a chance for some inside intel on tomorrow night's opponent by claiming a former Blue.

NHL: St. Louis Blues at Carolina Hurricanes James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Hurricanes have claimed forward Ty Rattie on waivers from the St. Louis Blues, the team announced this afternoon. Rattie has competed in 30 career NHL games with the Blues, with four of those coming this season. The 23 year old forward and native of Airdrie, Alberta, averaged 7:20 of ice time during those four NHL appearances this season, while tallying one assist in three games with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.

Rattie has scored four goals in his NHL career. All of them came last season including, predictably, one against the Hurricanes. Notably, it was not his first career goal.

Rattie has spent most of this season as a healthy scratch, finding himself the odd man out in a similar situation to the one the Hurricanes have had to manage with their blue line this year. He was the recipient of an illegal check to the head from the BlackhawksNiklas Hjalmarsson in a preseason game that earned Hjalmarsson a suspension for the season opener.

The team also announced goaltender Eddie Lack was placed back on injured reserve after being diagnosed with another concussion, freeing up a roster spot for Rattie.

See the official press release below:

CANES CLAIM FORWARD TY RATTIE FROM ST. LOUIS
Goaltender Eddie Lack placed on injured reserve

Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired forward Ty Rattie on waivers from the St. Louis Blues. In addition, the Hurricanes placed goaltender Eddie Lack on injured reserve.

"We feel that Ty has a high skill level, and we believe that he can help improve our team," said Francis.

Rattie, 23, has appeared in 30 career NHL games for the Blues, totaling four goals and four assists (8 points) and six penalty minutes. The Airdrie, Alb., native has played four games for St. Louis this season, averaging 7:20 of ice time per game, and also registered one assist in three American Hockey League (AHL) games for the Chicago Wolves. Rattie has played 196 career AHL games with the Wolves, totaling 69 goals and 68 assists (137 points).

Prior to beginning his professional career, Rattie (6'0", 195 lbs.) played parts of five seasons with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL), scoring 151 goals and adding 197 assists (348 points) in 269 career regular-season games. He also earned 95 points (50g, 45a) in 76 career WHL playoff games, and was named MVP of the 2013 WHL Playoffs after leading the league in goals (20) and points (36) to help Portland capture the WHL championship. Rattie represented Canada Pacific at the 2010 U-17 World Hockey Championship and netted three goals for Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championship.