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Coyotes acquire Wiikman, deal Eriksson

The New York Rangers, parent club of the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, have acquired defenseman Anders Eriksson from the Phoenix Coyotes, parent club of the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage, in exchange for goaltender Miika Wiikman and a seventh-round selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Eriksson will report to Hartford, while Wiikman has been assigned to San Antonio.

Eriksson, 35, was originally a first-round draft pick, 22nd overall, in 1993 by Detroit, and captured the 1997-98 Stanley Cup championship with the Red Wings. The 11-year veteran has skated in 564 career NHL games with Detroit, Chicago, Florida, Toronto, Columbus, Calgary and Phoenix, registering 22 goals and 152 assists for 174 points, along with 242 penalty minutes and a plus-41 rating.

The 6-foot-3, 224-pounder has registered three assists in 12 games with Phoenix this season, after signing with the Coyotes as an unrestricted free agent on Dec. 21. In addition, Eriksson appeared in 10 AHL games with San Antonio prior to signing with Phoenix, registering one goal and three assists.

Eriksson has skated in 311 career AHL games with San Antonio, Quad City, Springfield, Syracuse, St. John’s and Adirondack during his career.

Wiikman, 25, has gone 2-4-0 in seven appearances with Hartford this season, spending most of the year in the ECHL. He won 21 games in each of his first two AHL seasons, and shows a career record of 44-30-7 with four shutouts in 84 AHL appearances.