The Columbus Blue Jackets, parent club of the AHL’s Springfield Falcons, have acquired left wing Rene Bourque, center William Karlsson and a second-round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for defenseman James Wisniewski and a third-round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
The Blue Jackets also acquired Justin Falk and a fifth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for defenseman Jordan Leopold.
Karlsson, 22, has recorded eight goals and 16 assists for 24 points in 37 AHL games with Norfolk this season, along with two goals and one assist in 18 NHL games with Anaheim.
The native of Marsta, Sweden, was a second-round draft pick by the Ducks in 2011.
Bourque, 33, has recorded two goals and eight assists for 10 points in 43 NHL games between Anaheim and Montreal this season. He also had two goals and two assists in four games with Hamilton earlier in the year.
Bourque won the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award as the AHL’s outstanding rookie in 2004-05.
Falk, 26, has one goal and six assists for seven points in 39 appearances with the AHL’s Iowa Wild this season. He has totaled seven goals and 26 assists for 33 points in 228 career AHL games with Iowa and Houston, and he reached the Calder Cup Finals with Houston in 2011.
Falk has also skated in 13 NHL games with Minnesota this season. The seventh-year pro has played 142 career NHL games with Minnesota and the N.Y. Rangers, registering one goal and 16 assists.