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Rangers Acquire Defenseman Bert Robertsson from Columbus

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Bert Robertsson from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for goaltender Jean-Francois Labbe. Robertsson will remain with the Houston Aeros of the International Hockey League (IHL), where he is currently playing.

Robertsson, 26, has appeared in 10 games with Houston this season, registering 26 penalty minutes. He was selected by Columbus from the Edmonton Oilers in the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft.

The 6-3, 210-pounder registered four assists and 34 penalty minutes in 52 contests with the Oilers last season. Robertsson also saw the first post-season action of his NHL career, appearing in five contests for the Oilers. In addition, Robertsson skated in six games with Edmonton’s top American Hockey League affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs, collecting three assists.

The native of Sodertalje, Sweden has appeared in 121 career NHL games with Vancouver and Edmonton, registering four goals and 10 assists for 14 points, along with 71 penalty minutes. Robertsson was selected with Vancouver’s eighth choice, 254th overall, in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.

Labbe, 28, has appeared in eight games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League this season, posting a 4-2-1 record, along with a 3.04 goals against average and a .911 save percentage. He was recalled by the Rangers on October 27, and served as the back-up goaltender against Pittsburgh. Labbe was a member of the Wolf Pack’s 1999-2000 Calder Cup championship team.

In a subsequent transaction, goaltender Vitali Yeremeyev has been assigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) from the Charlotte Checkers of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). He has posted a 2-2-0 record in four contests with the Checkers this season, along with a 5.04 goals against average and a .886 save percentage.
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