The Boston Bruins added organizational depth on defense, acquiring blueliner Sean Zimmerman from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forwards Jeff Lovecchio and Jordan Knackstedt.
Zimmerman, who missed the first month of the season with an injury, has no points and a minus-4 rating in seven games with the AHL Rochester Americans. The 23-year-old Zimmerman, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound native of Denver, originally was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the sixth round of the 2005 Entry Draft. This will be the fourth time he's been traded, having also been part of the Phoenix and Vancouver organizations.
Last season with the San Antonio Rampage, the Coyotes' AHL affiliate he had 2 goals, 9 points and a plus-13 rating. During the season, the Coyotes traded him to the Canucks as part of the Mathieu Schneider deal, but he finished the season in San Antonio. When the season ended, the Canucks sent him to the Panthers in return for defenseman Nathan Paetsch.
Knackstedt, a 22-year-old right wing, has 7 goals and 12 points in 22 games with the Providence Bruins. A 2007 seventh-round draft pick, the 6-2, 195-pound forward is in his third professional season.
Lovecchio, an undrafted free agent signed in March 2008 after three seasons at Western Michigan University, had just 3 assists in 22 AHL games. Last season, his first full professional season, he had 15 goals and 24 points in 65 games.
The Panthers also receive a conditional draft pick in the trade. If Lovecchio plays in 10 NHL games this season, Florida will send its 2011 seventh-round pick to the Bruins.