It took a couple of extra years, but Pavel
Bure will finally be a New York Ranger. The Rangers have reportedly
acquired the Russian winger from Florida for Igor Ulanov and Filip Novak
along with three draft picks over the next two seasons. Bure has two
years remaining on his contract at $10 million a year, but has long made
it known that he wanted to play on Broadway.
The addition of Bure should help bolster
the scoring ability for the Rangers, who've struggled to put up goals in
recent games. Igor Ulanov who had been a healthy scratch and then
sent to the Hartford Wolfpack, never really clicked with the Rangers and
will not be missed by Rangers fans.
The Rangers also sent 2000 second round
pick Filip Novak in the deal. Novak who impressed the Rangers
immediately after being drafted, didn't perform as well in camp this
season and returned to the Regina Pats of the WHL. Recent reports
also had the young defenseman slipping down the depth charts what with the
acquisition of Bryan Berard and play that was below expectations.
Bure is a five time 50 goal scorer who has
tallied 22 goals and 27 assists in 56 appearances this season. Last
year he lead the league with 59 goals and was just one goal shy of
his career high.
To New York - Pavel Bure, 2003 2nd Round
To Florida - Igor Ulanov, Filip Novak, 2002
1st Round Pick, 2003 2nd Round Pick, 2003 4th Round Pick