NHL trade news: Hurricanes acquire Nino Niederreiter from Wild for Victor Rask

The Hurricanes are seven points back of a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference and they aren’t giving up on their season yet.

Carolina announced it acquired forward Nino Niederreiter from the Wild on Thursday in exchange for another forward in Victor Rask.

Niederreiter has 23 points (9G, 14A) in 46 games for the Wild this season.

He was a first-round pick of the Islanders in 2010 and has been with the Wild for the last six seasons.

“We’re excited to welcome a proven goal-scorer and veteran presence in Nino Niederreiter,” Don Waddell, president and general manager of the Canes said. “We wish Victor the best moving forward and thank him for his efforts on the ice and in the community during his time in Raleigh.”

Rask was a second-round pick by the Canes in 2011. He has one goal and five assists this season and 63 goals and 100 assists in his career.

Minnesota is tied with the Oilers for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.