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Minnesota Wild acquires C/LW Dan Fritsche

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SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired center/left wing Dan Fritsche (FRIHT-chee) from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Erik Reitz. The Wild also assigned center Krys Kolanos to AHL Houston.

“Dan is a versatile player who can play center or wing, a determined player who makes the game harder on the opposition, and a winning player - he's won a Memorial Cup and a World Junior Championship for Team USA,” said Risebrough.

Fritsche, 23 (7/13/85), posted four points (1-3=4) in 16 games with the Rangers this season. The 6-foot-1, 204-pound native of Parma, Ohio, has played in 222 career NHL games over five seasons with Columbus and New York, totaling 67 points (30-37=67) and 93 penalty minutes. Fritsche was the Blue Jackets’ second-round pick (No. 46 overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He won the Memorial Cup with London of the Ontario Hockey League in 2005, and was a member of the Team USA World Junior team that took the gold medal in 2004.

Kolanos, 27 (7/27/81), has recorded six points (3-3=6) in 19 games with the Wild this season.

Reitz, 26 (7/29/82), had two points (1-1=2) and 41 penalty minutes in 31 games with the Wild this season, and totaled two points (1-1=2) and 45 penalty minutes in 37 career games with Minnesota.

FRITSCHE CAREER STATISTICS*
Regular Season
Season   Club          League  GP   G    A    PTS   PIM   
2001-02  Sarnia        OHL     17   5    13    18    20   
2002-03  Sarnia        OHL     61  32    39    71    79   
2003-04  Sarnia        OHL     27  16    13    29    26   
2003-04  Syracuse      AHL      4   2     0     0     0
2003-04  Columbus      NHL     19   1     0     1    12  
2004-05  Sarnia        OHL      2   1     1     2     0   
2004-05  London        OHL     28  17    18    35    18   
2005-06  Columbus      NHL     59   6     7    13    22
2005-06  Syracuse      AHL     19   5     4     9    12
2006-07  Columbus      NHL     59  12    15    27    35
2007-08  Columbus      NHL     69  10    12    22    22
2008-09  N.Y. Rangers  NHL     16   1     3     4     2
    NHL TOTALS                222  30    37    67    93

* See Dan Fritche's player page for more complete statistics

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