COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired defenseman Brendan Bell and forward Tomas Kana from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for forward Pascal Pelletier, General Manager Scott Howson announced December 8. Bell and Kana have been assigned to the Syracuse Crunch, the club's American Hockey League affiliate.
Bell, 26, has collected seven goals and 21 assists for 28 points and 51 penalty minutes in 101 career NHL games with Toronto, Phoenix and Ottawa. In 2008-09, he registered career highs in goals, assists, points and games played with 6-15-21 and 24 penalty minutes in 53 games with the Senators. This season, he has collected 4-13-17 and 26 penalty minutes in 22 games with the Peoria Rivermen, St. Louis' AHL affiliate.
Toronto's third pick, 65th overall, in the 2001 Entry Draft, Bell has also registered 36-126-162 and 346 penalty minutes in 325 career AHL games during his seven-year career. Prior to joining the professional ranks, he played four seasons with the Ottawa 67s of the Ontario Hockey League from 1999-03, registering 32-139-171 and 195 penalty minutes in 238 career games. He earned OHL and Canadian Hockey League Defenseman of the Year honors in 2002-03.
Kana, 22, was the Blues' third pick, 31st overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft. He has split the past two seasons between the AHL with Peoria and ECHL with the Alaska Aces. He has collected 1-0-1 and 15 penalty minutes in 18 career AHL games, all last season with the Rivermen. He has tallied 8-20-28 and 79 penalty minutes in 53 games with Alaska, including 0-6-6 and 10 penalty minutes in 11 games this season with the Aces.
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