Samuel Pahlsson Traded To Vancouver Canucks For Two Picks

COLUMBUS,OH - OCT. 28: Samuel Pahlsson #26 of the Columbus Blue Jackets is congratulated by his teammates after scoring against the Edmonton Oilers during the first period on Oct. 28, 2010, at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

Samuel Pahlsson has been traded to the Vancouver Canucks at the 2012 NHL Trade Deadline, and he should give them a depth boost at forward for the remainder of the season.

The Columbus Blue Jackets traded Samuel Pahlsson to the Vancouver Canucks on 2012 NHL Trade Deadline day, picking up two, fourth-round picks in return for the defensive forward.

Pahlsson, 34, has Cup experience with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007. He has a cap hit of $2.65 million and will be an unrestricted free agent. The Canucks were able to add salary at the deadline after placing defenseman Keith Ballard on long-term injured reserve Sunday.

Pahlsson has 11 points in 61 games for the Blue Jackets this season. He'll instantly provide a boost to the bottom of the Canucks unit of forwards, providing a strong defensive presence. He can play minutes against top competition and should especially help the Canucks with depth come playoff time.

It's a bit surprising that the Blue Jackets didn't get more than two draft picks for Pahlsson, considering other teams were reportedly interested in his services. But there's not much bargaining room when talking about a player on an expiring contract.

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