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Rangers, Avalanche swap AHL defensemen

The New York Rangers, parent club of the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Nigel Williams from the Colorado Avalanche, parent club of the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters, in exchange for defenseman Brian Fahey.

Williams, 21, skated in 70 games with the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season, registering seven goals and 14 assists for 21 points, along with 55 penalty minutes.

The rookie defenseman ranked seventh on the team overall and second among Lake Erie defensemen in points. He also tied for the team lead among defensemen in goals scored.

The Aurora, Illinois native was originally Colorado’s second round choice, 51st overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Fahey, 28, appeared in 66 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season, collecting four goals and 20 assists for 24 points, along with 67 penalty minutes.

Originally drafted by Colorado in 2000, Fahey won the 2008 Calder Cup title with Chicago and has also suited up in the AHL for Worcester, Hershey, and Iowa.