It didn't take Canes general manager Jim Rutherford long to pull the trigger.
A day after saying some moves could be made, after saying a trade for a defenseman was being considered, the Canes worked a deal with the Calgary Flames that brought defenseman Ian White and forward Brett Sutter to Carolina for defenseman Anton Babchuk and forward Tom Kostopoulos.
"I made my first call to Calgary at the start of the season about Ian White," Rutherford said. "He's a player I've liked for a long time. ...It's heated up the last couple of weeks."
Asked if the Canes' recent 8-1 loss to Philadelphia and 7-2 loss to Montreal accelerated those plans, Rutherford said, "Darn right."
"It's been on my mind for a while and I would have done it anyways. But the sooner the better. I mean we were embarrassed in a couple of games last week. I said all along we were going to have some ups and downs in the season, but ... I don't like the way those two games went.
"We said all along we were thin on the blue line. It showed up last week and the last couple of games and we felt that we needed one more experienced defenseman to play in the top four and Ian White fits that."
White played for Canes coach Paul Maurice with the Toronto Marlies and Maple Leafs, so there's a history there. White went to Calgary last year in the mega deal that sent Dion Phanuef to the Leafs.
"For Ian White coming in, he's a puck-moving defenseman and all-around pretty competitive guy," Maurice said. He takes bigger minutes than he ever has. We think of him as a guy who will fit real well with Joni Pitkanen. Or Tim Gleason, and he's played with Jay Harrison before.
"He should be able to play with any of our group and maybe settle us a little bit back there and move the puck well. ... It should bring some balance to our blue line. With where we're at with out back end, we need a little bit more of a stabilizing player that we can play bigger minutes, too. "
Sutter, 23, is the cousin of Canes center Brandon Sutter and will be assigned to the Charlotte Checkers (AHL). A week ago, Sutter was charged with assault after an incident outside an Arizona bar. He is alleged to have punched a cab driver while intoxicated.
Sutter, the son of Calgary general manager Darryl Sutter, has made a public apology.
Rutherford said Brett Sutter was "part of this deal all along and remained part of it until the end."
Brandon Sutter said there would not be a repeat of the incident, saying of his cousin, "It's not his character or anything like that. Definitely a one-time thing. I think he's pretty excitged to be here."
The Canes on Tuesday claimed Troy Bodie off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks and see him as possibly filling Kostopoulos' fourth-line role as a banger and tough guy.
"When we get to the point where we made the decision we were going to be a young team going forward this year, whether the player we picked up in Bodie or (Zac) Dalpe and (Drayson) Bowman and some of these guys, we'd like them to get to play and play a little bit more," Maurice said.
Sutter said it was tough to say goodbye to players such as Kostopoulos and Babchuk.
"It's a shakeup but that's the way this business works at times," Sutter said. "Unfortunately Babchuk and Kostopoulos have to go, which is tough. I've played with Babchuk a couple of years and T.K. is one of the greatest guys you'll ever want to meet.
"It's tough but you've got to move on. That's the way it works. We're adding an experienced defenseman in White who's a pretty good player, and my cousin is a hard worker and hopefully he'll be good for us."
Added Maurice: "Anton had some real good hockey play for us here and some times when the game wasn't easy for him. Tom, just a great man, a great team guy, a good role guy.