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by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins made several roster moves Thursday on the NHL trading deadline.

The Penguins have acquired forwards Krystofer Kolanos and Niklas Nordgren and a second round choice in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft for right wing Mark Recchi.

In addition, the team claimed center Andy Hilbert off waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks, traded Cory Cross to Detroit for a 2007 fourth-round pick, sent Ric Jackman to Florida for Petr Tatice and sent Shane Endicott to their top minor-league affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for a two-week conditioning stint.

The biggest move of the day was the trade of Recchi. Recchi, 38, has appeared in 63 games this season with the Penguins, recording 57 points (24+33) and 56 penalty minutes.

The 5-10 and 190-pound native of Kamloops, BC was signed by the Penguins as a free agent on July 9, 2004.

Kolanos, 24, has appeared in 15 games this season with Edmonton and Phoenix, recording three points (2+1) and four penalty minutes.  In 22 games in the American Hockey League with San Antonio and Lowell, Kolanos recorded 22 points (10+12) and 40 penalty minutes.

The 6-3 and 206-pound native of Calgary, Alberta has played in 115 NHL games with Phoenix and Edmonton, recording 35 points (17+18) and 76 penalty minutes.

Kolanos was originally drafted by Phoenix in the first round (19th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

Nordgren, 26, has appeared in 43 games this season with Carolina, recording six points (4+2) and 30 penalty minutes.  He also has appeared in eight games with Lowell, recording 10 points (6+4) and 10 penalty minutes.

The 5-11 and 185-pound native of Ornskoldsvik, Sweden was drafted by Carolina in the eighth round (195th overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.


The Penguins have acquired a fourth round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for defenseman Cory Cross.

Cross, 35, appeared in six games with the Penguins this season, recording one assist and six penalty minutes.  Cross appeared in 34 games with Edmonton, recording five points (2+3) and 38 penalty minutes.

The 6-5 and 225-pound native of Llyodminster, Alberta was acquired by the Penguins on January 26, 2006 with Jani Rita in exchange for Dick Tarnstrom.

Cross has appeared 643 NHL games with Tampa Bay, Toronto, the New York Rangers, Edmonton and Pittsburgh, recording 129 points (33+96) and 669 penalty minutes.


The Penguins claimed center Andy Hilbert off waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks.

Hilbert, 25, has appeared in 28 games this season with Chicago, recording nine points (5+4) and 22 penalty minutes.  Hilbert also played in five games with Chicago’s AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, recording seven points (3+4) and two penalty minutes. 

The 5-11 and 194-pound native of Lansing, Michigan ranked seventh in the American Hockey League in scoring during the 2004-05 season, recording 79 points (37+42) in 79 games with the Providence Bruins.  Hilbert was named team MVP and led the team in playoff scoring with 21 points (7+14) in 17 games during the Calder Cup playoffs.

Hilbert has appeared in 66 NHL games with Boston and Chicago, recording 15 points (8+7) and 40 penalty minutes.  He was acquired by the Blackhawks from Boston on November 6, 2005 in exchange for a fifth round pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.  Hilbert was originally drafted by Boston in the second round (37th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.


The Penguins have acquired center Petr Taticek from the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenseman Ric Jackman.

Taticek, 22, has appeared in 44 games this season with the Houston Aeros (AHL), recording 30 points (9+21) and 10 penalty minutes.  In three games with Florida, Taticek went scoreless.

The 6-3 and 195-pound native of Rakovnik, Czech Republic was drafted in the first round (9th overall) by the Florida Panthers in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Jackman, 27, has appeared in 49 games this season with the Penguins, recording 28 points (6+22) and 46 penalty minutes.

The 6-2 and 197-pound native of Toronto, Ontario appeared in 74 games with the Penguins, recording 52 points (13+39) and 60 penalty minutes.  Jackman was acquired from Toronto on February 11, 2004 in exchange for Drake Berehowsky.


The Penguins have assigned center Shane Endicott to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.  Endicott will report for a two-week conditioning stint.

Endicott, 24, has appeared in 34 games with the Penguins, recording two points (1+1) and 37 penalty minutes.

Endicott missed the first 20 games of the season recovering from a high ankle sprain suffered in training camp.  Endicott has also missed nine games this season with a groin injury.

The 6-4 and 211-pound native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan was drafted by the Penguins in the second round (52nd overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

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