ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues made their second trade in three days, acquiring defenseman Dave Richter Wednesday from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for defenseman Robert Nordmark and a second-round pick in the 1990 entry draft.
Richter, 28, has accumulated 931 in penalty minutes and scored eight goals and 35 assists in five full years in the NHL.
Last season, Richter played in 49 games, scored two goals, added four assists and had 224 minutes in penalties.
Nordmark, 26, played in 67 games and scored three goals and had 18 assists with 60 minutes in penalties in his rookie season.
Blues officials say the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Richter is widely regarded as the league's No. 1 'tough guy.'
'It'll give the Blues a new dimension of size, strength and aggressiveness,' St. Louis Vice President and general manager Ron Caron said.
On Monday, St. Louis obtained high-scoring forward Mike Bullard and left wing Craig Coxe from Calgary. The Blues sent center Doug Gilmour, forwards Mark Hunter and Steve Bozek, and defenseman Michael Dark to the Flames. Bozek was traded by Calgary to Vancouver on Tuesday.
St. Louis, which lost to Detroit in the second round of last's season playoffs, has had a reputation as being a relatively small team that relied on finesse rather than bulk. Some fans blamed that style of play for last season's second-round playoff loss to the Red Wings.