Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Trade Deadline is Over

The Ducks have acquired defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron from the New York Islanders in exchange for a third round draft pick.

Bergeron, 27 (10/13/80), has played in 46 games with the New York Islanders this season, scoring 9-9=18 points. Eight of his goals this season have come on the power play, tying for first among all NHL defensemen (tied with three players, including Chris Pronger). Bergeron went to the Stanley Cup Final as a member of the 2006 Edmonton Oilers, playing in 75 regular season and 18 playoff games that season.

A native of St-Louis-de-France, Quebec, Bergeron was signed as a free agent by Edmonton on July 20, 2001. He played his first full NHL season with the Oilers in 2003-2004, scoring 9-17=26 points in 54 games. Following the Oilers’ run to the 2006 Stanley Cup Final, he was acquired by the Islanders with a third round draft pick in 2008 for Denis Grebeshkov on Feb. 18, 2007.

Bergeron played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) from 1997-2001 (Baie-Comeau & Shawinigan) and was named the Canadian Major Junior Defenseman of the Year in 2001.

The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired goaltender J.S. Aubin from Los Angeles in exchange for a seventh round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. In addition, the Ducks acquired defenseman Jay Leach from Tampa Bay in exchange for right wing Brandon Segal and a seventh round pick in the 2008 NHL Draft. The Ducks also traded right wing Brandon Bochenski to Nashville in exchange for future considerations.

Aubin, 30 (7/19/77), appeared in 19 games with the Kings this season, going 5-6-0 with a 3.19 goals against average (GAA) and .886 save percentage (SV%). He was assigned to Los Angeles’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate in Manchester on Feb. 8 and appeared in one game with the Monarchs. Aubin will report to the Portland Pirates, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the AHL.

Part of the first-ever trade between the Ducks and Kings, Aubin has played in the NHL with Pittsburgh (1998-2004), Toronto (2005-07) and Los Angeles (2007-08). He has appeared in 218 career NHL games between the Penguins, Maple Leafs and Kings, posting an 80-83-11-7 record with a 2.93 GAA and .900 SV%.

Leach, 28 (9/2/79), played in two games for Tampa Bay this season, going scoreless. He spent most of the season with Tampa Bay’s AHL affiliate in Norfolk, scoring 3-8=11 points with a +12 rating and 54 penalty minutes (PIM). Leach, who made his NHL debut with Boston in 2005-06, will report to Portland.

Segal, 24 (7/12/83), scored 5-9=14 points with a +1 rating and 46 PIM in 54 games for Portland this season. Acquired from Nashville for future considerations on June 25, 2007, Segal spent the 2006-07 season with the Milwaukee Admirals in the AHL, scoring 20-9=29 points with 84 PIM in 77 games played

Bochenski, 25 (4/4/82), appeared in 12 games with the Ducks this season, collecting 2-2=4 points with a +2 rating and six PIM. Acquired from Boston in exchange for defenseman Shane Hnidy and Anaheim’s sixth round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Bochenski also played in 20 games for the Bruins this season, scoring 0-6=6 points with a +2 rating and six PIM.


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