The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired left wing Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for future considerations, club general manager Scott Howson announced.
LaVallee-Smotherman has been assigned to the Syracuse Crunch, the Blue Jackets’ American Hockey League affiliate.
LaVallee-Smotherman was Atlanta’s fifth pick, 116th overall, in the 2005 Entry Draft. The 23-year-old forward has spent the past three seasons with the Chicago Wolves, collecting 55 goals, 52 assists, 107 points and 257 penalty minutes in 219 outings. He also appeared in 37 Calder Cup playoff matchups with Chicago in 2007 and 2008, collecting 10 goals and 16 points and helping the Wolves claim the Calder Cup championship in 2008.
The Corvallis, Ore., native also appeared in four National Hockey League matchups with Atlanta, recording one goal and one assist.
In a related transaction, the Wolves have acquired defenseman Tim Filangieri from the Syracuse Crunch for future considerations.
The 22-year-old blueliner made his professional debut in one game with Syracuse last season, following the conclusion of a four-year career with Boston College. He also appeared in the Crunch’s 2009-10 season opener against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Saturday, notching two penalty minutes.
The Islip Terrace, N.Y., native matched a career high with eight assists in 35 games during his senior season at Boston College in 2008-09. Overall, Filangieri recorded 20 points (three goals, 17 assists) and 165 penalty minutes in 157 career outings with BC from 2005-09.