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ISLANDERS ACQUIRE ERIC BOGUNIECKI

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
Send Ryan Caldwell to Columbus for veteran center

The New York Islanders have acquired center Eric Boguniecki from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for defenseman Ryan Caldwell. Boguniecki will report to the Islanders' American Hockey League affiliate in Bridgeport.

"Eric Boguniecki is a high-intensity player who gives us veteran depth at the forward position," said Islanders general manager Garth Snow. "You can never have enough players like Eric in your organization."

The 31-year old Boguniecki has played 167 games over an NHL career with Florida, St. Louis and Pittsburgh. He has 32 goals and 44 assists for 76 points in 167 games. His best season was in 2002-03, when the 5-8, 195-pound center was 22-27-49 in 80 games with the Blues. Last season the New Haven. Conn. native had five goals and six assists in 36 games with the Penguins. This season he was scoreless in six games with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.

The 25-year old Caldwell was in his third season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Originally selected by the Islanders in the seventh round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, the 6-3, 200-pound Caldwell played four years at the University of Denver.

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