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Bruins acquire Marty Reasoner, Yan Stastny and a second round draft pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
The Boston Bruins have acquired centers Marty Reasoner and Yan Stastny in addition to a second round draft pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for left wing Sergei Samsonov, it was announced today by Bruins General Manager Mike O'Connell. Neither Reasoner nor Stastny are expected in the lineup tonight as the Bruins host the Montreal Canadiens at TD Banknorth Garden at 7:00 p.m.

O’Connell also announced that the club has recalled center Ben Walter from Providence/AHL for tonight’s game. This is Walter’s third recall of the season to Boston, as he played five scoreless games with the Bruins from January 12-25 and did not dress for one game from March 6-7. He has 11 goals and 18 assists for 29 points and 12 penalty minutes in 43 games with the AHL Bruins this season.

“Marty is an excellent playmaker and we were looking to increase our opportunities to score,” said O’Connell. “We have always considered Yan to be a strong prospect and we are happy to have him return to our organization.”

Reasoner, 29, is in his seventh professional season and Boston becomes his third NHL team. He has played 58 games with the Oilers this season with nine goals and 17 assists for 26 points and 20 penalty minutes in those contests.

The 6’1”, 200 lb. native of Honeoye Falls, New York played three seasons of college hockey at Boston College where he had 69-93=162 totals and 119 PIM in 111 career college games. He was named Hockey East Rookie of the Year in 1995-96, was a Hockey East First Team All-Star in both 1996-97 and 1997-98 and earned NCAA East All-American honors in 1997-98 as well. He was also named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team in 1998 when the Eagles fell in the championship game to the University of Michigan.

Reasoner was drafted by St. Louis as their first pick, 14th overall, in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft and spent three seasons in the Blues organization, playing both in St. Louis and with their American Hockey League affiliate in Worcester, MA. He was traded to Edmonton in July, 2001 in the multi-player deal that sent Doug Weight to the Blues. He has played the last three NHL seasons in Edmonton, enjoying his best season to date with the Oilers in 2002-03 when he had 11 goals and 20 assists for 31 points. He has career NHL totals to date of 45 goals and 78 assists for 123 points with 141 penalty minutes in 292 career NHL games.

Stastny, 23, is in his first professional season after playing the previous two seasons in Germany. Boston’s sixth pick, 259th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, he played two seasons of college hockey at Notre Dame with 20-20=40 totals and 82 PIM in 72 career college games. He was traded to Edmonton on August 30, 2005 in exchange for the 2006 fourth round draft pick that the Oilers had previously acquired from Boston in the August 1, 2005 trade for Brad Isbister.

The 5’11”, 175 lb. native of Quebec City, Quebec has spent most of this season with Edmonton’s AHL affiliate in Iowa with 14-17=31 totals land 42 PIM in 51 Stars games. He has played three scoreless games in Edmonton this season.

Samsonov, 27, was in his eighth season in Boston since the Bruins made him their second pick, eighth overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. He was fifth in the Bruins’ scoring race this season with 18 goals and 19 assists for 37 points with 22 PIM in 55 games. His career NHL totals to date are 164 goals and 212 assists for 376 points with 103 penalty minutes in 514 career Boston games.
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