ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired defenseman Joe Rullier from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for right wing Colby Genoway. Rullier will report directly to Portland, Anaheim's primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).
Rullier, 26 (1/28/80), has played in 24 games with the Manitoba Moose (AHL) this season, scoring 2-6=8 points with 62 penalty minutes (PIM). The 6-3, 230-pound defenseman split the 2005-06 season between Hartford (AHL) and Manchester (AHL), scoring 8-23=31 points with 160 PIM in 67 games played. He set professional single-season career highs in goals, assists and points.
A native of Montreal, Quebec, Rullier has played in 422 career AHL games, scoring 20-63=83 points with 1,191 PIM. In 29 career Calder Cup playoff games, he has collected 0-6=6 points with 54 PIM. He was originally drafted by Los Angeles in the fifth round (133rd overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.
Genoway, 23 (12/12/83), recorded 8-21=29 points in 41 games with Portland (AHL) this season. He was signed by the Ducks as a free agent on July 11, 2006.