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Avalanche acquire Hendricks from B’s for Boychuk

The Boston Bruins, parent club of the AHL’s Providence Bruins, have traded forward Matt Hendricks to the Colorado Avalanche, parent club of the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters, in exchange for defenseman Johnny Boychuk.

Hendricks, 27, appeared in 67 games for the P-Bruins in 2007-08, registering personal AHL bests with 22 goals, 30 assists, and 52 points. The Blaine, Minn., native added three assists in 10 postseason contests.

Hendricks was drafted by the Nashville Predators in 2000 and reached the Calder Cup Finals with Hershey in 2007.

Boychuk, 24, spent the bulk of 2007-08 with Lake Erie and tallied eight goals and 18 assists for 26 points in 60 AHL games. His 26 points ranked second among Monsters defensemen, and he led all blueliners on the squad in power play scoring with 17 points (7-10-17). The Edmonton native has totaled 101 points (27-74-101) and 330 penalty minutes in 294 career AHL games.

Drafted in the second round (61st overall) by Colorado in 2002, Boychuk made his NHL debut with the Avalanche this past season and went scoreless with a plus-1 rating in four contests.