Canucks acquire Peters from Panthers in exchange for fellow tough guy Hordichuk

VANCOUVER – The Vancouver Canucks acquired Andrew Peters from the Florida Panthers on Wednesday in exchange for veteran forward Darcy Hordichuk.

Peters, a six-foot-four 247-pounder, has seven points and 650 penalty minutes in 229 NHL games with Buffalo and New Jersey.

He signed a two-year deal with the Devils last season, but spent most of it in the AHL and was bought out. He then signed a two-way contract in Florida.

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Hordichuk, who’s also 30, has 33 points and 998 penalty minutes in 431 NHL games with five teams, including 60 games with Florida over parts of the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons.

Hordichuk, a six-foot-one 211-pounder, was entering the final season of a US$2.325-million, three-year contract with the Canucks. He did not play in the last post-season and lost his fourth-line job this pre-season.