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Canes, Isles swap forwards

Bobby Hughes, plagued by injury during his time with the Albany River Rats, was traded to the New York Islanders for centerman Rob Hennigar.

The deal is contingent on Hughes passing a physical by Isles doctors on Thursday.

A fourth-round pick by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006, Hughes, 21, played only 53 games for Albany over the past two seasons, scoring 23 points (10g, 13a). He came back from a serious neck/back injury that ended his rookie season, but dealt with a concussion and had sports hernia surgery in 2008-09.

The 5-foot-11, 194-pound Hennigar, 26, played four years of junior hockey in Ontario and four more at the University of New Brunswick before turning pro last season. Undrafted, he had 13 points (3g, 10a) in 34 AHL games for Bridgeport and 59 points (15g, 44a) in 38 ECHL games for Utah.

Carolina opens training camp with the first on-ice sessions on Sunday, Sept. 13.

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