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Ducks acquire Evgeny Artyukhin from Tampa Bay

The Ducks acquired 6-foot-5 right wing Evgeny Artyukhin from Tampa Bay for left wing Drew Miller and a third-round selection in the 2010 NHL draft.

Ducks GM Bob Murray said he had targeted Artyukhin.

"The purpose of the deal is we had changed our team a little bit," he said on a conference call today with reporters. "We had gotten a bit more skill and moved a few things around. In doing so, we lost a little bit of our size, sandpaper or grit. We have been trying to find a way to patch that for a little while. We had talked to Tampa just before the trade deadline about this gentleman and it didn’t quite work out."

A Moscow native, the 26-year-old Artyukhin led the Lightning with 151 penalty minutes last season.  He also added six goals and 10 assists in 73 games. He was selected by Tampa Bay in the third round of the 2001 draft and was with the NHL club in 2005-06 when it reached the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Artyukhin has one year left on his contract and will become an unrestricted free agent after next season.

Miller, 25, had four goals and six assists for the Ducks last season, appearing in all 13 playoff games, with two goals, one assist and two penalty minutes. He also was a member of the Ducks when the team won the 2007 Stanley Cup championship.

-- Debbie Goffa  

 
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