Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/12/06 at 06:43 PM ET
A six-year professional in his first NHL season, Beauchemin was languishing in Columbus where he saw limited ice time if he dressed at all. Everything changed when the Ducks sent one-time superstar Sergei Fedorov and his cumbersome $6 million contract to the Blue Jackets for journeyman forward Tyler Wright and the young defenseman with a big, booming slap shot. At the time, Beauchemin was considered a throw-in to a swap that seemed to be a transparent salary dump. Instead, he has become the prize player of the entire deal. "I couldn't ask for anything better than what has happened this year," Beauchemin said. "It's been amazing for me."read on
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