With Bertuzzi in limbo, Vancouver stocks up

Updated: March 9, 2004, 10:28 PM ET
SportsTicker

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Facing the prospect of a lengthy suspension for All-Star Todd Bertuzzi, the Vancouver Canucks obtained left wings Geoff Sanderson and Martin Rucinsky at Tuesday's NHL trade deadline.

Already suspended indefinitely, Bertuzzi will attend a hearing Wednesday at the NHL offices in Toronto. He received a match penalty in Monday night's 9-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche after jumping rookie Steve Moore from behind, punching him and throwing him face-first to the ice.

Moore suffered a concussion and a neck fracture and will miss the rest of the season.

Sanderson was acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets for a third-round pick in this year's draft. He returns to Vancouver, where he played nine games during the 1997-98 season.

The speedy 32-year-old spent the last four seasons with Columbus and twice reached the 30-goal mark. He had just 13 goals and 16 assists in 67 games this season.

The Canucks sent defenseman Martin Grenier and the rights to unsigned center R.J. Umberger to the New York Rangers for Rucinsky, who has 13 goals and 29 assists in 69 games.

The last of 10 players shipped out as part of the Rangers' housecleaning, Rucinsky is a four-time 20-goal scorer who will turn 33 Thursday. He broke into the NHL with Edmonton in 1991 and also has played for Quebec-Colorado, Montreal, Dallas and St. Louis.

Grenier, a 6-4, 245-pounder, had one goal in seven games with Vancouver, spending most of this season in the American Hockey League with Manitoba, where he had five goals, four assists and 145 penalty minutes in 38 games. Umberger was the 16th overall pick in the 2001 draft out of Ohio State, where he collected 58 goals and 71 assists in 112 games.

In minor deals, the Canucks acquired defenseman Marc Bergevin from the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 2004 seventh-round pick, rugged left wing Sylvain Blouin from the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman Rene Vydareny and left wing Sergei Varlamov from the Blues for left wing Ryan Ready.

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