COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -In need of veteran players, the Columbus Blue Jackets acquired winger Raffi Torres from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for promising center Gilbert Brule on Tuesday.
The trade was confirmed by both teams shortly before the noon deadline for free-agent signings.
The 26-year-old Torres played just 32 games last year for the Oilers after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in a game in December. He has 67 goals and 59 assists in 307 career games.
The 21-year-old Brule had one goal and eight assists in 61 games a year ago while trying to find himself in his second year in the NHL.
Both players were first-round draft picks, Torres going No. 5 to the New York Islanders in 2000 and Brule at No. 6 in 2005.