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by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forward Jani Rita and defenseman Cory Cross from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for defenseman Dick Tarnstrom, it was announced Thursday by General Manager Craig Patrick.

Rita, 24, has appeared in 21 games this season with the Oilers, recording three goals and six penalty minutes. 

The 6-1 and 206-pound forward has appeared in 36 career NHL games - all with Edmonton - and has recorded seven points (6+1) and six penalty minutes.

The native of Helsinki, Finland was Edmonton’s first choice, 13th overall, in the 1999 Entry Draft. 

Cross, 35, has appeared in 34 games this season for Edmonton, recording five points (2+3) and 38 penalty minutes. 

The 6-5 and 225 pound defenseman has appeared in 637 NHL games for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers and Edmonton Oilers, recording 128 points (33+95) and 663 penalty minutes.

The native of Lloydminster, Alberta was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning, first overall, in the 1992 Supplemental Draft. 

Tarnstrom, 31, appeared in 33 games this season with the Penguins, recording 10 points (5+5) and 52 penalty minutes.  The 6-1 and 205-pound native of Sundbyberg, Sweden has appeared in 236 NHL games, recording 122 points (31+91) and 178 penalty minutes. 

Tarnstrom was claimed by the Penguins off of waivers from the New York Islanders on August 6, 2002.

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