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Pens get Hainsey for banged-up blue line

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PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford turned to an old friend to give his team's injury ravaged defense a needed boost.

The Penguins acquired defenseman Ron Hainsey from Carolina on Thursday. Pittsburgh sent minor-league forward Danny Kristo and a draft pick to the Hurricanes in exchange for the 35-year-old Hainsey, whose long wait to play in the postseason may finally be over.

Hainsey is the NHL's longest-tenured player to never suit up in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Barring a massive collapse, he'll finally get the chance with the Penguins and can help provide a steady hand at a blue line dealing with a string of injuries.

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