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Wild acquire Fritsche from Rangers

Thursday, 01.29.2009 / 1:16 PM / News

NHL.com

SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired center/left wing Dan Fritsche from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Erik Reitz. The Wild also assigned center Krys Kolanos to AHL Houston.

"Dan is a versatile player who can play center or wing, a determined player who makes the game harder on the opposition, and a winning player - he's won a Memorial Cup and a World Junior Championship for Team USA," said Risebrough.

Fritsche, 23 (7/13/85), posted four points (1-3=4) in 16 games with the Rangers this season. The 6-foot-1, 204-pound native of Parma, Ohio, has played in 222 career NHL games over five seasons with Columbus and New York, totaling 67 points (30-37=67) and 93 penalty minutes. Fritsche was the Blue Jackets' second-round pick (No. 46 overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He won the Memorial Cup with London of the Ontario Hockey League in 2005, and was a member of the Team USA World Junior team that took the gold medal in 2004.

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