Ducks, Blue Jackets make trade

The Anaheim Ducks, parent club of the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch, on Tuesday acquired defenseman Nate Guenin from the Columbus Blue Jackets, parent club of the AHL’s Springfield Falcons, in exchange for center Trevor Smith.

Guenin, 28, has appeared in 30 games with Springfield this season, collecting five points (0g, 5a) and 21 penalty minutes, while ranking second on the club with a plus-8 rating. In addition, he skated in three games for Columbus this year, going scoreless with two penalty minutes while averaging 14:47 time-on-ice.

A native of Sewickley, Pennsylvania, Guenin was originally drafted by the NY Rangers in the third round, 127th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He has registered 66 points (12-54-66) in 305 career AHL contests for Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Peoria, and Springfield.

Guenin has also appeared in 17 career NHL games with Philadelphia (2006-09), Pittsburgh (2009-10) and Columbus (2010-11), scoring two points (0g, 2a) with eight penalty minutes.

Smith, 25, appeared in 35 games with the Crunch this season, recording 27 points (12g, 15a) with 16 penalty minutes. He has scored at least 20 goals each of the past three seasons in the AHL and has totaled 176 points (84-92-176) in 249 career AHL matches with Bridgeport and Syracuse.

In addition, Smith has skated in seven career NHL games, all with the NY Islanders during the 2008-09 season, tallying one goal. A native of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Smith was signed by Anaheim as a free agent on July 2, 2010.