The Minnesota Wild has acquired right wing Curt Gogol from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for center Chad Rau.
Gogol, 22, has totaled four points (3-1=4) and 149 penalty minutes (PIM) in 40 games with the Worcester Sharks (AHL) this season, ranking seventh amongst all American Hockey League players in PIM. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound native of Calgary, Alta., totaled six points (4-2=6) and 139 PIM in 38 games with the Worcester last season, and 10 points (6-4=10) and 167 PIM in 53 games in 2011-12.
Rau, 27 (1/18/87), has totaled seven points (1-6=7) in 33 games with the Iowa Wild (AHL) this season. The 5-foot-11, 178-pound native of Eden Prairie, Minn., was selected by Toronto in the seventh round (228th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and has played with Minnesota’s AHL affiliate during the last five seasons. He totaled two goals in nine NHL games with Minnesota in 2011-12.
The NHL will have a Trade Freeze (no trade transactions of any kind) from 3:00 p.m. EST Friday, Feb. 7 through 11:59 p.m. EST Sunday, Feb. 23.