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Smith traded to Sharks by Blackhawks for Desjardins @NHL

The San Jose Sharks acquired center Ben Smith and a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday for center Andrew Desjardins.

Smith, 26, has five goals and four assists in 61 games. A sixth-round pick (No. 169) in the 2008 NHL Draft, Smith has 23 goals and 39 points in 156 games spread across parts of five seasons.

Last season Smith had career-bests of 14 goals and 26 points in 75 games, and six points in 19 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Desjardins, 28, has a career-high five goals and three assists in 56 games. In parts of five seasons with the Sharks, he has 15 goals and 48 points in 272 games.

"He's a feisty player. He's an in-your-face kind of guy. He's a competitive player," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said. "Those two factors, I think the combination of the business side as well as acquiring a guy that, he's a little bit bigger, he brings a different style to the game, is something that we like as we're leading into crunch time here. He's a very competitive kid. He's very excited to come in here and play a role."

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