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Blues deal Fast to Panthers for Mink

Tuesday, 08.03.2010 / 1:06 PM / 2010 Offseason News

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Blues deal Fast to Panthers for Mink
St. Louis and Florida pulled off a minor trade Tuesday as 22-year-old defenseman T.J. Fast heads to the Panthers in exchange for 31-year-old forward Graham Mink.
St. Louis and Florida pulled off a minor trade Tuesday as 22-year-old defenseman T.J. Fast heads to the Panthers in exchange for 31-year-old forward Graham Mink.

Fast, who is from Calgary, was a second-round pick in the 2005 Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings. The Blues acquired him on June 4, 2008 and Fast has been in their system ever since.

Fast split last season between the ECHL and AHL, scoring 31 points in 46 games with the Alaska Aces and adding one point in 18 games with the Peoria Rivermen. He had five points in 46 AHL games in 2008-09.

Mink is a career minor-leaguer since 2001 who has appeared in seven NHL games dating back to the 2003-04 season. They were all with the Washington Capitals. Mink spent last season with the Rochester Americans of the AHL and had 37 points in 67 games, his lowest point total in the AHL since 2003-04.

Mink played three seasons at the University of Vermont from 1998-2001. In his final season he had 29 points, two more than Chicago Blackhawks standout Patrick Sharp.
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