Hurricanes acquire Pogge from Ducks

The Carolina Hurricanes, parent club of the AHL’s Albany River Rats, have acquired goaltender Justin Pogge and a fourth-round draft pick from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for defenseman Aaron Ward.

The conditional fourth-round draft pick originally belonged to the Boston Bruins, and the Hurricanes will receive the pick in either 2010 or 2011.

Pogge, 23, has a record of 12-7-3 with a 2.57 goals-against average, a .920 save percentage and one shutout in 23 AHL appearances with San Antonio this season. In 165 career AHL games with Toronto and San Antonio, Pogge has earned a record of 83-63-14, with a 2.69 GAA.

Pogge played in seven NHL games with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2008-09, and has a career NHL record of 1-4-1. He played his junior hockey in the Western Hockey League, where he was the WHL Player of the Year and the Canadian Major Junior Goaltender of the Year in 2006, after posting a 38-10-6 record with a 1.72 GAA and 11 shutouts for the Calgary Hitmen.

Ward, who played three seasons in the AHL from 1993-96, has appeared in 822 NHL games with Carolina, Boston, the N.Y. Rangers and Detroit.