The Edmonton Oilers
acquired defenseman James Vandermeer
from the Phoenix Coyotes
on Wednesday in exchange for forward Patrick O'Sullivan
Vandermeer, 30, played in 62 games for the Coyotes last season, posting 4 goals, 12 points and 60 penalty minutes. In 374 career NHL games over parts of seven seasons with the Flyers, Blackhawks, Flames and Coyotes, he collected 22 goals, 87 points and 557 penalty minutes.
Vandermeer is also a former captain of the Red Deer Rebels, where he played four seasons and helped lead the team to a Memorial Cup victory.
The 25-year-old O'Sullivan is a former second-round pick of the Wild who broke into the NHL with the Kings during the 2006-07 season. In 280 NHL games with the Kings and Oilers, he has recorded 54 goals and 149 points, including career highs of 22 goals and 53 points during the 2007-08 season. He played in 73 games for the Oilers last season, posting 11 goals and 34 points.