Blues, Blue Jackets make trade

The St. Louis Blues, parent club of the AHL’s Peoria Rivermen, have acquired forward Pascal Pelletier from the Columbus Blue Jackets, parent club of the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch, in exchange for defenseman Brendan Bell and forward Tomas Kana.

In addition, the Crunch have traded center Brock McBride to Peoria for future considerations.

Pelletier has played in 25 games this season with the Crunch, recording 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) and 23 penalty minutes. Last season, the 5-foot-11, 197-pound left winger notched 55 points (29 goals, 26 assists) and 45 penalty minutes in 71 games with Rockford of the AHL. Pelletier led the team in goals and power play goals and was second on the club in points.

The Labrador City, N.L., native was a First Team AHL All-Star in 2007-08 when he recorded 37 goals and 38 assists in 73 games for the Providence Bruins. Pelletier has totaled 103 goals and 138 assists for 241 points in 302 career AHL games with Syracuse, Rockford and Providence, and has played in 13 National Hockey League games with Boston and Chicago.

Bell currently ranks ninth among all AHL defensemen in scoring with 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in 22 games for Peoria this season. The Ottawa native has recorded 36 goals and 126 assists for 162 points in 325 career AHL games with Peoria, Binghamton, San Antonio, Toronto and St. John’s since being drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2001.

Bell has also skated in 101 career NHL games with Ottawa, Phoenix and Toronto, totaling seven goals and 21 assists.

Kana, a second-roud draft choice by St. Louis in 2006, scored one goal in 18 games with Peoria last season. The 22-year-old native of the Czech Republic has been skating in the ECHL this year.

Pelletier will report to Peoria; Bell and Kana have been assigned to Syracuse.