General manager Ray Shero picked up a third impact forward in 10 days Wednesday, trading for Carolina centre/winger Jussi Jokinen before the 3 p.m. ET deadline.
The Hurricanes receive a conditional 2013 sixth- or seventh-round draft pick and retain a portion of Jokinen's salary, which pays him $3 million US per season and expires after 2013-14.
"This deal is important for our team's financial flexibility moving forward," Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said in a statement released by the team.
Jokinen is a noted shootout specialist and fan favorite whose scoring has fallen off during this shortened season.
Crosby, who leads the NHL in scoring this season with 56 points in 36 games, will miss the balance of the regular season and perhaps some playoff contests.
Jokinen, who has six goals and 11 points in 33 games this season with the Hurricanes, cleared waivers last week
The 30-year-old Finn scored 30 goals for Carolina in the 2009-10 season and 19 the following campaign, so he could contribute offensively in Crosby’s absence.
Jokinen also has playoff experience, having played 27 games with Dallas and the Hurricanes.
Shero has been busy of late, acquiring forward Brenden Morrow from the Stars on March 24 and four days later adding Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla along with defenceman Douglas Murray.
Wednesday's trade was the second between the clubs in less than a year. Pittsburgh traded centre Jordan Staal to the Hurricanes during the draft last June in exchange for Brandon Sutter, a prospect and a draft pick.
Lately, though, the teams have been trending in opposite directions.
The Penguins have 56 points — five more than second-place Montreal — and had a 15-game winning streak end Tuesday night in a loss to Buffalo.
Carolina, meanwhile, has fallen from the Southeast Division lead after losing nine of 10 during an injury plagued slump in which its top two goalies and two key defensemen have been hurt. Most recently, the team announced Wednesday that defenseman Joni Pitkanen will miss the rest of the season with a broken left heel.