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Bulletin: Senators acquire Barinka, Hennessy and Preissing from Chicago

by Staff Writer / Ottawa Senators

Ottawa sends Martin Havlat and Bryan Smolinski in exchange

OTTAWA - Ottawa Senators general manager John Muckler announced today the club acquired defencemen Michal Barinka and Tom Preissing, centre Josh Hennessy and a second-round draft pick in 2008 from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for right-winger Martin Havlat and left-winger Bryan Smolinski. The trade involved the Blackhawks acquiring Preissing and Hennessy from the San Jose Sharks.

TOM PREISSING - In his second NHL season in 2005-06, Preissing was first among Sharks defencemen in goals (11), assists (32) and plus-minus (+17). His 43 points tied him for 24th among NHL defencemen and for 17th in plus-minus. The Illinois native placed third among team defencemen for time-on-ice with an average of 20:29 per game.

In two rounds of post-season action against the Nashville Predators and Edmonton Oilers, the 27-year-old had a goal, six assists and four penalty minutes in 11 games. Among Sharks defencemen ,Preissing stood second behind Scott Hannan with an average of 23 minutes and 49 seconds of ice time per game during the playoffs.

During the 2004-05 lockout year, Preissing scored once and had six assists in 33 games for Krefeld in Germany. He also represented the United States at the Deutschland Cup, where they defeated Slovakia 4-0 to win the tournament.

After a standout four-year career at Colorado College, the un-drafted Preissing signed with the San Jose Sharks as a free agent on April 4, 2003. In his rookie NHL season in 2003-04 at the age of 24, he score twice, added 17 assists for 19 points and had 12 penalty minutes in 69 games. He had one assist in 11 playoff games.

In his final season at Western Collegiate Hockey Association's (WCHA) Colorado College in 2002-03, he captained the squad to a second-round berth in NCAA Frozen Four Tournament. Named one of 10 finalists for Hobey Baker Award, he recorded all-time collegiate highs to lead the team in defencemen goals (23) and assists (29). He was also first in the NCAA in defencemen scoring and tied for 14th overall. He was named WCHA Student Athlete of the Year and selected to the all-WCHA first team.

JOSH HENNESSY - In his first professional season in 2005-06, Hennessy led the American Hockey League's (AHL) Cleveland Barons in goals (24) and assists (39) for 63 points in 80 games. He was one of only two players on the Barons to play in every regular-season game.

The 21-year-old from Brockton, Mass., was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the second round, 43rd overall, in the 2003 NHL draft. Hennessy played four seasons with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), collecting 291 points (128-163) and 162 penalty minutes in 269 games. In his last season with the Remparts in 2004-05, he captained the team, finishing first on the team in assists (50) and points (85), and was second in goals (35). His 85 points tied him for eighth in the Canadian Hockey League.

MICHAL BARINKA - Defenceman Michal Barinka appeared in 25 games for the Blackhawks in 2005-06, recording an assist and 20 penalty minutes. The 22-year-old Czech Republic native also contributed 12 points (1-11) and 86 penalty minutes in 54 games for Chicago's AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, and 11 penalty minutes in four post-season meetings.

Barinka broke into North American pro hockey when Chicago selected him in the second round, 59th overall, in the 2003 NHL draft. He made his NHL debut in 2003-04, playing in nine games for the Blackhawks, as well as another 40 games for the AHL's Admirals, where he had six points (4-2) and 80 penalty minutes. Barinka had a goal, 10 assists and 77 penalty minutes in 59 games for Norfolk in 2004-05.

MARTIN HAVLAT - Right-winger Martin Havlat has been with the Senators for the last six seasons, including the lockout year. The 25-year-old from the Czech Republic was Ottawa's first-round choice, 26th overall, in the 1999 NHL draft. In 298 career NHL regular season games, he had 105 goals and 130 assists for 235 points with the Senators. Havlat also contributed 34 points (14-20) in 51 playoffs games.

During the 2005-06 season, Havlat missed 59 games to two injuries and another five to a suspension. In 18 regular-season games, he collected nine goals and seven assists. In 10 playoffs games against Tampa Bay and Buffalo, Havlat recorded seven goals and six assists.

BRYAN SMOLINSKI - Left-winger Bryan Smolinski was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Tim Gleason and future considerations on March 11, 2003. In 171 career games with the Senators, the 34-year-old had 39 goals, 63 assists and 97 penalty minutes. He also contributed 17 points (6-11) and 12 penalty minutes in 35 post-season games with the Senators.

In 2005-06, Smolinski recorded 17 goals and 31 assists in 81 games. In 10 playoff games against the Tampa Bay Lightning and Buffalo Sabres, he had three goals and assists, and two penalty minutes.

In 11 full NHL seasons, Smolinski has 248 goals, 334 assists and 549 penalty minutes over 910 regular-season games. He was originally the Boston Bruins' first-round pick, 21st overall, in the 1990 NHL draft. The Toledo, Ohio, native has also played with the Bruins, the New York Islanders and Los Angeles Kings.

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