Hockey

Flames acquire playmaker Huselius

Flames and Panthers exchange Huselius, Montador

The Calgary Flames added some forward depth Friday when they acquired winger Kristian Huselius from the Florida Panthers.

In exchange, Calgary sent defenceman Steve Montador and forward Dustin Johner to Florida.

Huselius, a streaky scorer, has five goals and three assists for eight points in 24 games this season.

The 27-year-old has amassed 58 goals and 69 assists for 117 points in 257 career NHL regular-season games. He twice scored 20 goals with Florida in 2001-02 and 2002-03.

Montador, 25, has one goal in seven games this season.

The six-foot-one-inch, 210-pound rearguard has nine points and 201 penalty minutes in 94 career NHL games.

He also had one goal and two assists and was a plus-4 in 20 playoff games for the Flames during their 2004 run to the Stanley Cup finals.

"Steve is a physical, young player whose skills continue to develop," Panthers general manager Mike Keenan said in a release. "He played a significant role in Calgary's 2004 post-season run to the Stanley Cup finals and adds further depth to our club's defence."

Johner, 22, has two goals and two assists in eight games with the Las Vegas Wranglers of the East Coast Hockey League this season.

The Sylvan Lake, Alta., native was originally drafted by Florida in the sixth round, 169th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

with files from Canadian Press