The Boston Bruins have acquired defenseman Andrew Ference
and forward Chuck Kobasew from the Calgary Flames in exchange for Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau.
Boston area fans may remember Kobasew from his days with the B.C. Eagles, when, alongside his new Boston Bruins teammate, Bobby Allen, the club the Heights won the NCAA Ice Hockey Championship during the 2000-2001 season -- a season he was named Hockey East Rookie of the Year, Hockey East Tornament MVP, was named to the NCAA Final Four Tournament Team, and chosen the NCAA Final Four Tournament MVP.
During the lockout season of 2004-05, Kobasew, just 24, returned to New England where he played for the Lowell Lock Monsters of the AHL, scoring 38 goals and 37 assists for 75 points.
He has played 210 NHL games and has earned a 34-37-71 line and 160 penalty minutes.
This season, he was 4-13-17 and a +7 in 40 games with Calgary. Andrew Ference
, who signed a three year contract with the Flames prior to this season, is an offensively gifted defenseman who TSN.ca calls a potential "top six defenseman."
Their scouting report further reports that Ference "loves to hit people…displays terrific hockey sense. Has the necessary skills to run a power play. Skates very well, is fearless and can log a ton of ice time."
In 386 NHL games, he has scored 21 goals and 78 assists for 99 points. This season he has earned a 2-10-12 line and is +7 in 53 games.