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Isles, Oilers swap defensemen Bergeron, Grebeshkov

EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Edmonton Oilers sent defensemen
Marc-Andre Bergeron to the New York Islanders on Sunday for
defenseman Denis Grebeshkov.
Bergeron, who has eight goals and 16 assists in 55 games this
season, has spent his career with the Oilers. In 189 games over
three-plus seasons, he has 33 goals and 88 points.
The Islanders also received a third-round draft pick in 2008 in
the trade.
"This trade addresses our need for a quality offensive
defenseman to improve our power play," said Islanders general
manager Garth Snow. "Marc-Andre is an excellent point man, a very
good skater and a solid competitor."
Grebeshkov was a first-round draft pick in 2002 and has played
33 NHL games, but is spending this season with Yaroslavl Lokomotiv
in the Russian league.
The 23-year-old is expected to remain in Russia this season.
He'll be a restricted free agent this summer.
"We see the upside in the player we're acquiring," Oilers
general manager Kevin Lowe said. "We see this as a long-term
upgrade."