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Boston, Chicago complete major AHL deal

The Chicago Blackhawks, parent club of the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals, have acquired forward Kris Versteeg and a conditional draft pick from the Boston Bruins, parent club of the AHL’s Boston Bruins, in exchange for forward Brandon Bochenski.

Versteeg, 20, is a 5-foot-10, 180-pound rookie right wing from Lethbridge, Alta. He has appeared in 43 games for Providence this season, scoring 22 goals and 27 assists for 49 points. He has registered five power play goals and a plus-15 rating.

The Boston Bruins’ fifth-round draft choice (134th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft leads Providence in scoring this season. He signed a three-year entry-level deal with Boston over the summer.

Bochenski, 24, is a 6-foot, 193-pound right wing from Blaine, Minn. In 35 games with Norfolk this season, Bochenski led the team with 33 goals and added 33 assists for 66 points. He ranks fourth in the AHL scoring race, second in goals and second in power-play goals (16). His 33 goals tied a Norfolk franchise record for goals in a single season.

In 10 games with the Blackhawks, Bochenski notched two goals and two penalty minutes. Bochenski signed a one-year deal with Chicago over the summer. The Blackhawks originally acquired Bochenski (along with a 2006 second round draft pick) in a trade with the Ottawa Senators for Tyler Arnason on Mar. 9, 2006.