Monarchs Loan Smyth, Bernakevitch; Receive Rullier, Daigle
MANCHESTER, NH - The Manchester Monarchs, the primary affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, have loaned right wing Brad Smyth to the Hartford Wolf Pack in exchange for defenseman Joe Rullier, Monarchs Director of Hockey Operations Hubie McDonough announced Monday. In addition, the Monarchs have loaned forward Brendan Bernakevitch to the Houston Aeros in exchange for right wing Alexandre Daigle.
Smyth, 33, leads the Monarchs in scoring with 64 points (27-37=64) in 64 games this season. The 6-foot, 200-pound native of Calgary, Alberta, is 28th on the AHL's all-time scoring list with 645 points in 594 games over 10 seasons. Smyth is also tied for 12th place with Fred Thurier on the AHL's all-time goal scorers list with 319 goals. The veteran right wing signed a two-year contract with the Kings in July of 2004.
Rullier, 26, has played in 51 games with the Wolf Pack, collecting 28 points (6-22=28) and 123 penalty minutes this season. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound native of Montreal, Quebec, played the last four seasons (2001-2005) for the Monarchs and earned 44 points (11-33=44) and 807 penalty minutes. Rullier signed with the Wolf Pack as an unrestricted free agent following the 2004-05 season.
Bernakevitch, 23, has appeared in 42 games with the Monarchs this season, recording 17 points (8-9=17) and 20 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound native of Regina, Saskatchewan, spent the last four seasons at Harvard University, registering 65 points (24-41=65) and 38 penalty minutes in 116 games with the Crimson. Bernakevitch signed a one-year contract with the Monarchs in September of 2005.
Daigle, 31, has spent 46 games this season with the NHL's Minnesota Wild, recording 28 points (5-23=28) and 12 penalty minutes. The 6-foot, 200-pound native of Montreal, Quebec, has played in 616 NHL games with the Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Wild over 10 seasons, registering 327 points (129-198=327) and 186 penalty minutes. Daigle was loaned to the Aeros on Wednesday, March 8 but has not played a game with Houston this season.
The Monarchs continue their five game homestand with game three against the rookie Iowa Stars on Wednesday, March 15 for a 7:05 p.m. face-off.
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