COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -Seeking to add experience to one of the NHL's youngest rosters, the Columbus Blue Jackets acquired winger Raffi Torres from the Edmonton Oilers for promising center Gilbert Brule on Tuesday.
Torres gives the Blue Jackets a skilled hand who has three full seasons and parts of three others in the league. He missed most of last season after knee surgery.
``Raffi Torres is an experienced NHL player who combines a physical presence with the ability to score goals,'' Columbus general manager Scott Howson said. ``He will also bring to our club the experience of someone who had played deep into the playoffs as he was a significant contributor to the Oilers' run to the 2006 Stanley Cup finals.''
The Blue Jackets are the only NHL team to have never made it to the playoffs.
Brule, thrust into the Columbus lineup two years ago at the age of 19, struggled with the Blue Jackets. He managed just 12 goals and 20 assists in 146 games while playing on the third and fourth lines.
The trade was confirmed by both teams shortly before the noon deadline for free-agent signings.
In another deal, the Oilers acquired forward Erik Cole from Carolina for offensive-minded defenseman Joni Pitkanen. The 29-year-old Cole had 22 goals and 29 assists in his seventh season with the Hurricanes and helped lead them to the Stanley Cup two years ago.
Torres will likely get a look on the Blue Jackets' No. 2 line. Nikolai Zherdev, whose name had popped up in trade rumors, might be on the opposite wing with another recent trade acquisition, R.J. Umberger, at center. The Blue Jackets picked up Umberger and a draft pick for two draft choices on June 20.
The Blue Jackets were expected to be in the bidding for a first-line center and possibly two defensemen in the free-agent market.
Torres, 26, played just 32 games last year for the Oilers after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in a game in December. He has 67 goals and 59 assists in 307 career games.
Brule, 21, had one goal and eight assists in 61 games a year ago while trying to find himself. He had nine goals and 10 assists a year earlier in 78 games.
Both players were first-round draft picks, Torres going No. 5 to the New York Islanders in 2000 and Brule at No. 6 in 2005.
Torres has two seasons left on a contract which will pay him a total of more than $4.5 million. Brule can become a restricted free agent after next season and made less than $1 million.

Top NHL Public Bets

NHL Top Stories

Thumbnail Penguins-Sharks Series Preview After a much-needed respite, Pittsburgh and San Jose return to the ice Monday in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final. Which side will own the upper hand when the action...
Thumbnail Lightning vs. Penguins Game 7 Pick Will it be a high-scoring game 7 when the Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins meet tonight at 8PM...
Thumbnail Blues vs. Sharks Game 6 Pick The San Jose Sharks look to close out the Western Conference Finals tonight at 9PM ET when they host the St. Louis Blues in...
Thumbnail Penguins vs. Lightning Game 6 Pick Can the Tampa Bay Lightning close out the Eastern Conference Finals when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at 8PM ET in...
Thumbnail Sharks vs. Blues Game 5 Pick Which team will take a key 3-2 lead in the Western Conference Finals tonight as the St. Louis Blueshost the San Jose Sharks...
More inNHL Articles  

NHL Top Stories

Thumbnail Penguins-Sharks Series Preview After a much-needed respite, Pittsburgh and San Jose return to the ice Monday in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final. Which side will own the upper hand when the action...
Thumbnail Lightning vs. Penguins Game 7 Pick Will it be a high-scoring game 7 when the Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins meet tonight at 8PM...
Thumbnail Blues vs. Sharks Game 6 Pick The San Jose Sharks look to close out the Western Conference Finals tonight at 9PM ET when they host the St. Louis Blues in...
Thumbnail Penguins vs. Lightning Game 6 Pick Can the Tampa Bay Lightning close out the Eastern Conference Finals when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at 8PM ET in...
Thumbnail Sharks vs. Blues Game 5 Pick Which team will take a key 3-2 lead in the Western Conference Finals tonight as the St. Louis Blueshost the San Jose Sharks...
More inNHL Articles  

NHL Team Pages