The Hurricanes have claimed right wing Troy Bodie on waivers from the Anaheim Ducks. Bodie, 25, has played in nine games with the Ducks this season, earning one assist and registering seven penalty minutes.
"We did our homework on him the last 24 hours and we felt like there is very little risk in this acquisition, with a player on a two-way contract," general manager Jim Rutherford said. "But the upside is that he's young, hard-working, a good team player. He obviously adds size and he can play a gritty, physical game."
Canes coach Paul Maurice said Bodie would be at the morning skate Wednesday and indicated Bodie could be in the lineup and on the fourth line for the Pittsburgh game on Friday. That will add to the Canes' surplus of forwards.
"We're going to have to make some move here in the next little while," Rutherford said. "We have not planned to carry that many forwards, or that many players for that matter. So we'll have to see what happens here in the near future.
"So many things, I guess, could happen to clean up that situation."
That might involve a trade. Rutherford said adding a defenseman might be a possibility.
"We're looking at our defense," he said. "It's more about trying to fit guys into the right spot in their combinations, and if something came along that made sense for us there we'd consider a change."
But Rutherford said any deal that would add to the payroll is "preferably what we'd not like to do."
Bodie, a Portage La Prairie, Man., native, is in his fifth professional season, and third season with Anaheim. In 57 career NHL regular-season games with the Ducks, Bodie (6’4”, 213 lbs.) has scored five goals, earned three assists (8 points) and accumulated 87 penalty minutes.
Edmonton drafted Bodie in the ninth round, 278th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.