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Bruins trade Chuck Kobasew to Minnesota Wild

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The Bruins have traded right wing Chuck Kobasew to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a second round draft pick in 2011, the rights to Alexander Fallstrom, and Craig Weller.

Alexander Fallstrom was selected in the 4th round of this summer's NHL Entry Draft. The 6'2" 192lb right wing is a native of Sweden and is a freshman at Harvard. 

Right wing Craig Weller was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in 2000 and has been a minor league journeyman and NHL depth player throughout his career. He has appeared in 95 NHL games with the Wild and Coyotes, recording 14 points (4-10-14) and 127 PIMs. He has been playing with the Houston Aeros of the AHL this season. He played parts of 5 seasons with the Hartford Wolfpack.

Chuck Kobasew appeared in 158 games for the Bruins recording 84 points (44-40-84).

It will take a while before we can really evaluate this trade. The most valuable piece would appear to be the 2nd round pick. Maybe the Bruins were looking to add some depth in the toughness department with Craig Weller now that Milan Lucic is on the shelf with a broken finger. With Peter Chiarelli and Don Sweeney calling the shots, it's no mystery why they wanted Fallstrom.