Boston, MA -
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has traded defenseman Andrew Alberts to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Ned Lukacevic and a fourth round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. The 2009 fourth round pick becomes a 2009 third round pick if the Flyers resign Alberts at the end of his contract which expires on June 30, 2009.
|Ned Lukacevic |
The 22-year-old Lukacevic played 61 games for Reading of the East Coast Hockey League and tallied 17 goals and 19 assists last year. In three-plus professional seasons split between Reading (ECHL) Manchester (American Hockey League) and Philadelphia (AHL), the 6-0, 200 pound Podgorica, Serbia native played in 126 games, recording 25-36-61 totals and 99 penalty minutes. Originally drafted in the fourth round (110th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings, Lukacevic was dealt to the Flyers on June 30, 2008 along with Patrik Hersley in exchange for Denis Gauthier. He did not see any action in the first two games of the 2008-2009 season for the Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL).
Alberts played in 181 games for the Bruins during his three-plus years with the club, notching one goal, 18 assists and 231 penalty minutes. Drafted by the Bruins out of Boston College, Alberts was selected in the sixth round (179th overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Last season, Alberts saw action in 32 regular season and 2 postseason contests and contributed two assists. He was a healthy scratch in the Bruins first two games of the 2008-2009 season.