The New York Islanders added insurance up the middle Monday, acquiring center Marc-Andre Cliche from the Colorado Avalanche for left wing Taylor Beck.
Cliche, who did not appear in a game for the Avalanche this season, was assigned to Bridgeport of the American Hockey League. Colorado sent the 24-year-old Beck, who recorded 16 goals and 17 assists in 46 games with the Sound Tigers this season, to San Antonio.
Selected by the New York Rangers in the second round of the 2005 draft, Cliche never played in the “Big Apple” as he was traded to Los Angeles on February 5, 2007 in the deal that sent Sean Avery to Broadway. The 28-year-old Cliche appeared in one game for the Kings in 2009-10 and remained with the organization until being claimed off waivers by Colorado prior to the 2013-14 campaign.
Cliche recorded one goal and six assists in 76 games that season and added two tallies and seven points over 74 contests in 2014-15. He spent this campaign with San Antonio of the AHL, notching six goals and 13 assists in 38 games.
The 6-foot, 202-pound Cliche appeared in seven playoff contests with the Avalanche in 2014 and did not record a point. A native of Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, he was a member of Canada’s gold medal-winning team at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Beck notched two penalty minutes in two games for the Islanders this season – his first with the club after being acquired as part of a package from Toronto on September 17 for Michael Grabner. The Maple Leafs had obtained Beck’s rights from Nashville in July and signed him to a one-year contract.
A third-round pick of the Predators in 2009, Beck made his NHL debut in 2012-13, recording three goals and four assists in 16 games. The native of St. Catharines, Ontario was scoreless in seven contests the following season but notched eight tallies and 16 points over 62 regular-season contests last campaign before being kept off the scoresheet in five playoff games.