Canadiens, Sharks swap defensemen

Feb 25, 2007 - 11:26 PM MONTREAL (Ticker) -- The San Jose Sharks did not allow a case of pneumonia to diminish their interest in Craig Rivet.

In an exchange of defensemen, the Sharks on Sunday acquired Rivet from the Montreal Canadiens for Josh Gorges.

The teams also swapped draft picks, with Montreal receiving a first-round pick in June and San Jose obtaining a fifth-rounder in 2008.

In his 12th NHL season, all with the Canadiens, Rivet has missed the last nine games with pneumonia. The 32-year-old, who was a third-round selection in 1992, recorded six goals and 10 assists in 54 contests before becoming ill.

Ranked 27th in Canadiens history with 653 regular-season games played, Rivet has collected 39 tallies, 151 points and 795 penalty minutes.

Gorges, 22, was signed by the Sharks as an undrafted free agent in September 2002. After registering six assists in 49 games as a rookie last season, he has notched a goal and four points in 47 contests this campaign.

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