Originally created 07/31/05

Carolina trades O'Neill to Toronto



OTTAWA - The Carolina Hurricanes traded forward Jeff O'Neill to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday for a conditional 2006 draft pick.

O'Neill had 198 goals and 218 assists during his nine seasons with the franchise. He scored a career-high 41 goals in 2000-01.

"There's never a good time to say goodbye to somebody," Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said. "Jeff was the first transaction I made as a general manager, and as our first pick in Hartford. He's been a real good player for us."

The trade comes just over two weeks after a tragic loss for the O'Neill family. Donny O'Neill, Jeff's older brother, was killed in a car crash July 21 in Vaughan, Ont., just north of Toronto.