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The Hurricanes ship out Scott Darling and a 6th round pick for the veteran goaltender.

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Florida Panthers Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Hurricanes announced Sunday that they have acquired veteran goaltender James Reimer from the Florida Panthers in exchange for a 6th round pick and goaltender Scott Darling. The Hurricanes did not retain salary on Darling’s contract in the trade.

Reimer has appeared in 338 games in his NHL career and was once the starting netminder for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Reimer has been in a back-up role in Florida behind goaltender Roberto Luongo who recently announced his retirement from the NHL.

Reimer was 13-12-5 last season with Florida, finishing with a 3.09 goals against average and a .900 save percentage.

Darling’s tenure with the Hurricanes comes to a close just two seasons into his four-year deal signed back in 2017. The experiment was a disaster from the start and Darling finished his career with the Hurricanes with a 15-29-9 record, a 3.20 goals against average and a .887 save percentage. The sixth round pick sent to Florida is in the 2020 NHL Draft.

After the acquisition, the Panthers announced they have placed Darling on waivers for the purpose of a buyout. Here’s how it breaks down:

The Hurricanes now have a bunch of cap space to work with even with the upcoming Sebastian Aho mega-deal:

Below is the Hurricanes press release on the trade:

CANES ACQUIRE JAMES REIMER FROM PANTHERS

Scott Darling dealt to Florida

Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired goaltender James Reimer from the Florida Panthers in exchange for goaltender Scott Darling and a sixth-round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft.

Reimer, 31, was 13-12-5 with a 3.09 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage in 36 games with Florida in 2018-19. The Morweena, Man., native has appeared in 338 career NHL games with Toronto, San Jose and Florida, going 144-120-39 with a 2.81 goals-against average and .913 save percentage. Selected by the Maple Leafs in the fourth round, 99th overall, of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Reimer has posted a save percentage of better than .920 four times and represented Canada in the 2011 and 2014 IIHF World Championships.

Darling, 30, registered a 15-29-9 record, 3.20 goals-against average and .887 save percentage in two seasons with the Hurricanes. He was acquired by Carolina from Chicago in exchange for a third-round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft (Evan Barratt).