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7/20/2006 7:03:50 PM

ITTSBURGH (CP) - The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forward Nils Ekman and goaltender Patrick Ehelechner from the San Jose Sharks for a 2007 second-round draft pick, the team announced Thursday.

Ekman, 30, scored 21 goals and set career highs with 36 assists and 57 points in 77 games for the Sharks last season.

The six-foot, 185-pound winger has 136 points (54-82) in 230 career NHL games with the Sharks and Tampa Bay Lightning.

Ekman, a native of Sweden, was originally drafted by the Calgary Flames in the fifth round (107th overall) of the 1994 NHL draft.

Ehelechner, 21, split the 2005-06 season with Manheim and Duisburg of the German League. He appeared in 27 games and posted a 3.68 goals-against average.

He has appeared in 107 career games for the Ontario Hockey League's Sudbury Wolves, posting a 45-47-10 record with a 2.72 goals-against average and six shutouts.

Ehelechner, a native of Germany, was previously acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes on March 9 in exchange for Mark Recchi.
 

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Ekman? :confused: I didn't even know the Sharks were letting him go. I thought he was a pretty good player for them. He took a few dum penalties in the 1sy game of the playoffs, but on the most part he was doing a good job on the top line with Thornton and Cheechoo.

Maybe trading for Bell made him expendable.:dunno:
 
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