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by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes


GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced today that the Coyotes have acquired left wing Geoff Sanderson and right wing Tim Jackman from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for left wing Jason Chimera, defenseman Cale Hulse and center Mike Rupp.

The 33-year-old Sanderson is in his 15th NHL season, having played in 930 career NHL games with Hartford, Carolina, Vancouver, Buffalo and Columbus.  The 6-foot-0, 190-pound forward has collected 316 goals, 296 assists, 612 points and 393 penalty minutes (PIM) in his NHL career.  In 55 career NHL playoff games, he has recorded 9-10-19 and 32 PIM.  Sanderson is a two-time NHL All-Star (1994 and 1997), has scored at least 30 goals in a season six times and has reached the 40-goal plateau twice. 

"We are optimistic that Geoff will thrive under the new NHL rules," said Barnett.  "He is renowned for his speed and has demonstrated throughout his career that he can find the net."

This season, Sanderson has played in 2 games with Columbus, recording 7 shots on goal.  In 2003-04, he split the season between Columbus and Vancouver, collecting 16-20-36, 6 power play goals and 38 PIM in 80 games.  Sanderson also played in 7 playoff games with Vancouver, tallying 1-1-2.

Two seasons ago (2002-03), Sanderson collected 34 goals, 33 assists, 67 points and 15 power play goals in 82 games with Columbus while accumulating 18:44 of average ice time per game.  His best season came in 1992-93 when Sanderson registered 46 goals, 21 power play goals and 89 points in 82 games with Hartford.  The following season, the Hay River, Northwest Territories native recorded 41 goals, 15 power play goals and 67 points in 82 games with Hartford in 1993-94.

Sanderson was originally drafted by Hartford in the 2nd round (36th overall) in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft.  He helped Buffalo reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 1999, recording 4-6-10 in 19 games.  In 1997, he finished as the second fastest skater in the NHL Skills Competition at the NHL All-Star Game.  Sanderson has represented Team Canada three times at the World Championships (1993, 1994 and 1997) and twice won the gold medal (1994 and 1997).

Jackman has played in 19 NHL games in his career, all with Columbus in 2003-04 when he registered 1-2-3 and 16 PIM while averaging 9:56 of ice time per game in five different stints with the Blue Jackets.  The 6-foot-4, 210-pound forward also played in 64 games with Syracuse of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2003-04, recording 23-13-36 and 61 PIM.  He ranked tied for 3rd on Syracuse in goals that season.  Jackman also finished tied for 2nd on Syracuse in playoff scoring, collecting 2-3-5 and 12 PIM in 7 games in 2003-04.

The 23-year-old Jackman was originally drafted by Columbus as the 38th overall pick, in the 2nd round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.  In 2004-05, he played in 73 games with Syracuse, collecting 14-21-35 and 98 PIM.  A native of Minot, North Dakota, Jackman played two seasons (2000-01 and 2001-02) of collegiate hockey at Minnesota State-Mankato of the WCHA before turning pro.  While with Park Center High School in Minnesota, he earned First Team All-State honors as selected by the Associated Press.

Chimera did not play in any regular season games as a Coyote, missing the first two games in 2005-06 due to injury.  He did play in 5 preseason games with Phoenix, collecting 0-1-1 and 4 PIM.  The 26-year-old forward was acquired by the Coyotes from Edmonton with a 3rd round choice in the 2004 Entry Draft in exchange for a 2nd round choice and 4th round choice in the 2004 Entry Draft on June 26, 2004.  Chimera played in four NHL seasons, all with Edmonton.

Hulse played in one season as a Coyote, collecting 3-17-20 and 123 PIM in 82 games in 2003-04.  The 31-year-old defenseman was a healthy scratch for both of the Coyotes' first two games of the 2005-06 season.  In four preseason games with Phoenix in 2005, he tallied 0-1-1 and 14 PIM.  In his NHL career, Hulse has played in 580 games with New Jersey, Calgary, Nashville and Phoenix.  He joined the Coyotes on July 10, 2003 when he signed as a free agent.

Rupp played in one game this season with Phoenix, recording no points and no PIM.  The 25-year-old forward played in 6 games as a Coyote at the end of the 2003-04 season, registering 0-1-1 and 6 PIM.  He was acquired in a trade with New Jersey along with a 2nd round choice in the 2004 Entry Draft in exchange for Jan Hrdina on Mar. 5, 2004.  In his NHL career, Rupp has played in 83 NHL games with New Jersey and Phoenix.

Following the trade, Jackman was reassigned to the San Antonio Rampage, the Coyotes' top minor league affiliate in the AHL.

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