Originally written on Fox Sports Carolinas  |  Last updated 6/30/13

BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 5: Andrej Sekera #44 of the Buffalo Sabres skates during the game against the New York Rangers at HSBC Arena on December 5, 2009 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
NEWARK, N.J. -- To hear him tell it, Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford got to have his cake and eat it, too.Leading up to the fifth overall pick in the NHL Draft, there was great speculation that the Hurricanes, holders of that pick, would deal it to for a top-four defenseman, one of their top offseason priorities.Rutherford eschewed the offers for the pick -- he said after making the pick that they all were for forwards -- and took Swedish center Elias Lindholm. Later, he picked up that top-four defenseman in a deal with Buffalo in the form of Andrej Sekera, sending Jamie McBain and the 35th overall pick to the Sabres.Rutherford called the 6-foot, 201-pound Sekera a shut-down defenseman and expected him to play with Tim Gleason. Last season the 27-year-old Slovak averaged 21:12 per game, third on the Sabres, and ranked second on Buffalo in points with 12 (two goals, 10 assists) in 37 games.Sekera also comes with the added benefit of earning less than his cap hit. H...
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