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by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero announced today that the Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forward Georges Laraque from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for left wing Daniel Carcillo and a third round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Laraque is currently in his ninth NHL season and has registered 22 points (five goals, 17 assists), along with 52 penalty minutes in 56 games with the Coyotes this season.  He has registered seven multi-point games this season while posting plus-or-even rating in 48 of 56 games with Phoenix, including plus-or-even in 23 of his last 24 games, posting a plus-seven overall.  The 6-3, 243-pound forward set a career high with assists in four consecutive games (five assists) from November 14th through November 19th.

Laraque, 30, has registered 133 points (48 goals, 85 assists) while collecting 878 penalty minutes in 546 NHL career contests.  He spent eight seasons with the Edmonton Oilers and recorded a career-high 29 points (13 goals, 16 assists) playing in all 82 games during the 2000-01 season.  He is a three-time winner of the Oilers Community Service Award (2002-04).    

Laraque has also appeared in 36 playoff contests, registering nine points (three goals, six assists), along with 64 penalty minutes.  The native of Montreal, Quebec was originally selected in the second round (31st overall) by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. 

Daniel Carcillo was originally drafted by the Penguins in the third round (73rd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.  The 22-year-old forward has recorded 30 points (21 goals, nine assists) in 52 games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL).


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