PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Penguins have traded center Kris Beech to the Nashville Predators in exchange for a conditional draft choice, it was announced today by General Manager Craig Patrick.
Beech, 24, has appeared in 99 career NHL games with the Penguins and Washington Capitals, recording 27 points (10+17) and 59 penalty minutes.
Beech appeared in 68 games with the Penguins’ AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, in 2004-05, recording 62 points (14+48) and 146 penalty minutes.
The 6-3 and 212-pound native of Salmon Arm, British Columbia joined the Penguins’ organization on July 11, 2001 when he was acquired with Ross Lupaschuk, Michal Sivek and future considerations from Washington in exchange for Jaromir Jagr and Frantisek Kucera on July 11, 2001.
Beech made his debut with the Penguins in 2001-02, playing in 79 games and recording 25 points (10+15). He split the 2002-03 season between Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recording one assist in 12 games with Pittsburgh and 43 points (19+24) in 50 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. In 2003-04, Beech recorded 45 points (20+25) in 53 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and appeared in four games with Pittsburgh, recording one assist.