Wild acquire Kalus from Bruins

The Minnesota Wild, parent club of the AHL’s Houston Aeros, have acquired forward Petr Kalus and a fourth-round draft pick in 2009 from the Boston Bruins in exchange for goaltender Manny Fernandez.

Kalus recorded 13 goals and 17 assists for 30 points — along with 110 penalty minutes — in 43 games as a 19-year-old rookie with the AHL’s Providence Bruins in 2006-07. He also had four goals and an assist in nine NHL contests with Boston.

Kalus was a second-round draft pick by the Bruins in 2005 (39th overall).

The trade of Fernandez also opens the door for top goaltending prospect Josh Harding to earn a full-time NHL job with Minnesota in 2007-08. Harding has compiled an AHL record of 67-40-7 with seven shutouts over the last three seasons with Houston. He is also 5-3-1 in 10 NHL appearances with the Wild.