Hurricanes swap minor league defensemen

Philip Samuelsson, son of Checkers coach Ulf, comes in exchange for Keegan Lowe

RALEIGH — The Hurricanes have been known to keep it in the family, and their latest acquisition fits the mold.Carolina acquired defenseman Philip Samuelsson — son of Ulf Samuelsson, head coach of the team’s AHL affiliate in Charlotte — in exchange for fellow defender Keegan Lowe on Tuesday.Samuelsson, 25, was a second-round pick by Pittsburgh in 2009 and has played a combined 13 NHL games with the Penguins and Coyotes. He signed with Montreal last offseason and played 40 games with their AHL affiliate this year, registering a goal and four assists.The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Samuelsson is considered a stay-at-home defenseman. He was born in Sweden but played for the U.S. NTDP Under-18 team and spent two seasons at Boston College before turning pro.Lowe was taken in the third round (73rd overall) in the 2011 draft. He is the son of former Oilers defenseman and current executive Kevin Lowe. The younger Lowe played two games with the Hurricanes in 2015, most notably fighting Philadelphia’s Vincent Lecavalier twice in his NHL debut. He had three goals and nine assists in 49 games with the Checkers this season.The Hurricanes have a history of adding players with ties to the organization. The franchise often acquired former Plymouth Whalers — a now-defunct AHL team previously owned by Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos — in the draft and via trade or free agency, once had three of the four Staal brothers, and drafted former defenseman Glen Wesley’s son, Josh, in 2014, among other instances. Both players are restricted free agents following the season. Lowe’s two-way deal he signed in July pays him $750,000 in the NHL and $80,000 in the AHL this season, while Samuelsson’s contract pays him $600,000 in the NHL and $125,000 in the AHL with a $150,000 guarantee.