Matt Cullen to Ottawa, Senators Ship Alex Picard, Draft Pick to Carolina

IceCreeper FerrisContributor IFebruary 12, 2010

UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 06:  Matt Cullen #8 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates against the New York Islanders on February 6, 2010 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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With the Olympic trade deadline approaching, the Ottawa Senators announced they've acquired center Matt Cullen from the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday for defenseman Alex Picard and a 2010 second-round draft pick.

The Senators have been red hot since mid-January, winning 13 of their last 14. Their victory last night, paired with a Hurricanes victory over the Sabres, pushed the Senators past Buffalo into first place in the Northeast Division.

Cullen had 12 goals and 28 assists for 40 points this season for Carolina. The 33-year-old center averages more than 18 minutes per night and logs a lot of power-play time back at the point. He is in the last year of his contract, which pays him $2.875 million.