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Avs get Boughner for pick, prospect

DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche acquired defenseman Bob Boughner from the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday for a third-round
draft pick and the rights to prospect Chris Bahen.

"Bob Boughner is a solid defensive defenseman who adds depth
and experience," Avalanche president and general manager Pierre
Lacroix said.

In 43 games with Carolina this season, Boughner has five assists
and 80 penalty minutes.

Boughner, 32, was originally selected by Detroit in the 1989
draft and has played in more than 600 NHL games with Buffalo,
Nashville, Pittsburgh, Calgary and Carolina. His regular-season
career totals include 14 goals, 51 assists and 1,320 penalty
minutes.

Earlier, the Avalanche placed defenseman Rob Blake and wing
Travis Brigley on injured reserve and said center Riku Hahl was
ready to play for the first time in more than three months.

The move involving Blake, who had a hairline fracture in his
left leg, is retroactive to Feb. 9. The move involving Brigley is
retroactive to Feb. 12, when he injured his back.

A player has to remain on the IR list for seven days before
returning to a team's active roster, meaning Blake and Brigley can
return whenever they are able.

Hahl missed the last 53 games after breaking his shoulder Oct.
23 against Edmonton.

The Avalanche also recalled wing Mikhail Kuleshov from the
American Hockey League's Hershey Bears. In 39 games at Hershey,
Kuleshov has tallied three goals and four assists with 29 penalty
minutes.