Panthers, Hurricanes make trade

The Florida Panthers, parent club of the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage, have acquired center Jon Matsumoto and left wing Mattias Lindstrom from the Carolina Hurricanes, parent club of the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers, in exchange for right wing Evgenii Dadonov and center A.J. Jenks.

Matsumoto, 25, has played in 41 games with Charlotte this season recording 34 points (13-21-34) and earning a selection to the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic, to be played Jan. 29-30 in Atlantic City, N.J.

The Ottawa, Ont., native skated in 13 games last season with Carolina, registering two goals and four penalty minutes.

The Philadelphia Flyers’ third-round pick (79th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft has also recorded 255 points (114-141-255) and 247 PIM in 357 AHL games with Philadelphia/Adirondack and Charlotte in his professional career.

Lindstrom, 20, has two assists and 10 PIM in 21 games with Tingsryds AIF (Sweden) this season. The Lulea, Sweden, native, a third-round choice (88th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Hurricanes has also skated in 18 games in two seasons with Skelleftea (SEL), registering a goal and eight PIM.

Dadonov, 22, has played 15 games on the NHL level with the Florida Panthers this season, totaling two goals and one assist. The Chelyabinsk, Russia, native has also earned nine points (5g, 4a) in 20 AHL games with San Antonio.

Drafted by the Panthers in the third round, 71st overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Dadonov has skated in 55 career NHL games for Florida, totaling 10 goals, 10 assists (20 points) and 16 penalty minutes. He established career highs in NHL games played (36), goals (8), assists (9) and points (17) in 2010-11, and represented Florida at the 2011 NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh as one of 12 rookies selected to participate.

Jenks, 21, is in his second professional season, splitting the year between San Antonio (AHL) and Cincinnati (ECHL). A native of Detroit, Jenks has skated in 28 games for the Rampage, without registering a point, and has totaled three goals and three assists in 13 ECHL games with the Cyclones.

Originally selected in the fourth round, 100th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Jenks helped the United States capture gold at the 2010 World Junior Championship, totaling three goals and two assists during the tournament.