The Rangers finally ended the speculation
today when they exchanged Mike York and a draft pick for defenseman Tom
Poti and left winger Rem Murray. In a matter of a week Rangers GM
Glen Sather has traded two fan favorites for a couple of former Oiler
picks in Rucinsky and Poti.
The American born Poti had struggled this
season after registering just 1 goal this year, down from a career high of
12 in the previous season. The Oiler defenseman had drawn the ire of
the hometown crowd and there was some suggestion that he had approached
his GM for a trade.
In York the Oilers get their much needed
second line center. A hard-working player who turns up every night,
York endeared himself to the Rangers faithful despite being under
appreciated by many hockey pundits and considered to small for the grind
of everyday NHL play.
The former centerman who had converted to
play wing alongside Fleury and Lindros, had struggled in the second half
of the season with only 3 goals since January 1st.
Speculation ran rampant after York failed
to suit up for the Boston Bruins game and then intensified once again
after the Bure deal was announced yesterday. York's linemate Theo
Fleury got caught speaking too soon as did many fans when he was quoted as
saying "Thank God we've still got Yorkie".
The Rangers also acquired Rem Murray, a
defensive minded winger who did managed to score 21 goals back in 1998-99
but is more renown for his penalty killing and steady play.
To New York - Tom Poti, Rem Murray
To Florida - Mike York, 2002 4th Round Pick