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Rangers acquire Parenteau from Blackhawks

The New York Rangers, parent club of the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced today that the club has acquired right wing Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a conditional seventh round draft pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Parenteau, 24, skated in 68 matches with the Portland Pirates and Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season, registering 30 goals and 49 assists for 79 points, along with 47 penalty minutes. His 79 points tied for ninth overall in the AHL last season. He also appeared in five games for the Chicago Blackhawks, tallying one assist, along with two penalty minutes.

Parenteau began the 2007-08 season with the Rockford IceHogs, but did not appear in a regular-season game after being injured in the preseason. The native of Hull, Que., has played in 266 career AHL matches with Cincinnati, Portland and Norfolk, registering 83 goals and 116 assists for 199 points.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound winger was originally Anaheim’s ninth-round choice, 264th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.