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Ducks Acquire Tyler Wright and Francois Beauchemin from Columbus

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Mighty Ducks announced Tuesday  that the club acquired center Tyler Wright and defenseman Francois Beauchemin from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for center Sergei Fedorov and a fifth round draft choice in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Wright, 32 (4/6/73), has played in all 18 games with Columbus this season, scoring 0-4=4 points with 20 penalty minutes. He has appeared in 588 career NHL games, earning 77-68=145 points with 823 penalty minutes. A native of Kamsack, Saskatchewan, Wright has played in 30 career playoff games, earning 3-2=5 points.

The 6-0, 190-pound forward was selected by Edmonton in the first round (12th overall) of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. Wright was a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets inaugural team, having been claimed by the club from Pittsburgh in the 2000 Expansion Draft.

The 6-0, 214-pound Beauchemin is appearing as an NHL rookie this season, having earned 0-2=2 points with 11 penalty minutes in 11 games. The Sorel, Quebec, native appeared in his first and only NHL game previous to this season with the Montreal Canadiens (going scoreless) during the 2002-2003 season.

He was selected in the third round (75th overall) by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. He was claimed on waivers by Columbus, from Montreal on September 15, 2004.

Fedorov, 35 (12/13/05), has earned 0-1=1 point in five games this season. The 6-2, 206-pound forward has played in 993 career NHL games, scoring 431-589=1020 points. A native of Pskov, Russia, Fedorov has played in six NHL All-Star Games. In two seasons with Anaheim, he scored 31-35=66 points in 85 games.

He was originally drafted by Detroit in the fourth round (74th overall) of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft.

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