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Senators acquire Fata from Phoenix for Nikulin @NHL
OTTAWA – Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today the club has acquired defenceman Drew Fata from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for forward Alexander Nikulin.

Fata, 25, has played in seven games this season with Phoenix’s American Hockey League affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, where he has recorded no points and six penalty minutes. He signed with Phoenix as a free agent on July 2, 2008.

The 6-1, 220-pound Fata split the 2007-08 campaign between the New York Islanders and their AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. In 71 games with the Sound Tigers, he scored three goals and added 11 assists, while recording 197 penalty minutes. He also played in a career-high five games with the Islanders, recording one assist and four penalty minutes.

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