Canucks, Panthers trade defensemen

The Vancouver Canucks, parent club of the AHL’s Manitoba Moose, have acquired defenseman Nathan Paetsch from the Florida Panthers, parent club of the AHL’s Rochester Americans, in exchange for defenseman Sean Zimmerman.

Zimmerman, 23, finished the 2009-10 season with nine points (2g, 7a) and 105 penalty minutes in 72 games played with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL.

In 181 career AHL games with San Antonio, Lowell and Albany, Zimmerman has totaled four goals, 13 assists and 188 PIM.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound defenseman was originally selected by New Jersey in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired March 3, 2010, by Vancouver along with a conditional sixth-round draft selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft (Alex Friesen) from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Mathieu Schneider.

Paetsch, 27, split the 2009-10 season with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Buffalo Sabres. He registered two points (1g, 1a) in 11 games with Buffalo and six penalty minutes in 10 games with Columbus.

In 167 career NHL games, the 6-foot-1, 198-pound defenseman has registered 42 points (7g, 35a), 114 penalty minutes and a plus-12 rating.

Paetsch spent three seasons in the AHL (2003-06) with Rochester, and played in the 2006 AHL All-Star Classic.