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Canucks get Zimmerman for M. Schneider

The Vancouver Canucks, parent club of the AHL’s Manitoba Moose, have acquired defenseman Sean Zimmerman and a 2010 conditional sixth-round draft selection from the Phoenix Coyotes, parent club of the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage, in exchange for defenseman Mathieu Schneider.

Zimmerman, 22, has collected two goals and five assists for seven points along with 75 penalty minutes in 54 games with San Antonio this season. His plus-8 rating is tops among Rampage defensemen.

Zimmerman, a Denver, Colo., native, won a bronze medal with Team USA at the 2007 World Junior Championships. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound defenseman was originally selected in the sixth round, 170th overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He has played 163 career AHL games with San Antonio, Lowell and Albany, recording four goals and 11 assists.

Schneider had three goals and two assists for five points in eight AHL games with Manitoba this season. The 40-year-old defenseman is a veteran of 1,281 NHL games.