Blues re-acquire Tkachuk from Thrashers
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The St. Louis Blues re-acquired veteran forward Keith Tkachuk from the Atlanta Thrashers on Tuesday for a first round pick in next year's NHL entry draft.
The Thrashers get back the first round pick they sent to St. Louis last season to acquire Tkachuk, who becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
"We have acquired the rights to Keith Tkachuk, which gives us exclusive negotiating rights with him and his family prior to becoming an unrestricted free agent," Blues president John Davidson told NHL.com.
"Keith has played a major part for the Blues organization over the past seven seasons and played some of his finest hockey under head coach Andy Murray."
A 15-year NHL veteran and four-time all-star, Tkachuk has twice scored 50 or more goals in a single season.
Taken in the first round of the 1990 draft by the Winnipeg Jets, Tkachuk has amassed 473 goals and 926 points in 976 career games with stops at Phoenix, St. Louis and Atlanta.
The rugged winger had 27 goals and 31 assists with the Blues and Thrashers last season.
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