Rangers and Oilers made their second deadline deal
in as many seasons today, with Edmonton sending winger Anson Carter and
defenseman Ales Pisa to the New York Rangers in exchange for right wing
Radek Dvorak and defenseman Cory Cross.
Dvorak had been struggling with the Rangers scoring
only 6 goals this year in 63 appearances, coming off a serious knee injury
that cut last year's campaign short. Cross, a defenseman the Rangers
picked up earlier this year to fill in for several injured higher profile
players, was leading New York in plus/minus with a +12 rating and had
formed an effective pairing with Darius Kasparaitis.
In Carter, the Rangers get a physical winger to
bolster a team that has overly relied on skill in the past few
seasons. Carter was leading the Oilers with 55 points including 25
goals in 68 games.
Pisa was a 9th round pick of the Oilers in 2001, and
has already played 50 NHL games, tallying a goal and three assists this
season in 48 games.
Radek Dvorak, Right Wing
Career Record: 134G 192A 326Pts 178PIM in 592 NHL games
2002-03 Stats: 6G 21A 27Pts 16PIM in 63 NHL games
Cory Cross, Defenseman
Career Record: 22G 75A 97Pts 561PIM in 524 NHL games
2002-03 Stats: 0G 4A 4Pts 16PIM in 26 NHL games
Anson Carter, Forward
Career Record: 142G 163A 305Pts 144PIM in 441 NHL games
2002-03 Stats: 25G 30A 55Pt 20PIM in 68 NHL games
Ales Pisa, Defenseman
Career Record: 1G 3A 4Pts 26PIM in 50 NHL games
2002-03 Stats: 1G 3A 4Pts 24PIM in 48 NHL games
Laukkanen Claimed By Lightning
Amid the frenzy of trading on deadline day, the
Rangers bid goodbye to Janne Laukkanen who's brief stay with the Rangers
included only a handful of games with the Hartford Wolfpack.
Laukkanen was acquired from the Penguins in the
Kovalev deal, but never suited up for the Rangers. Once he returned
from a chronic hip injury, he was assigned to a conditioning stint with
the Pack that just expired causing the Rangers to make a decision
regarding his future with the team.
The Rangers probably weren't disappointed to see
Laukkanen go, but he does add some defensive depth to the Lightning.
Janne Laukkanen, Defense
Height/Weight: 6-0/ 180
Career Record: 21G 99A 120Pts 335PIM in 405 NHL games
2002-03 Stats: 1G 6A 7Pts 8PIM in 17 NHL games
Rangers Wild Make Minor League Deal
The Rangers and Wild swapped minor leaguers in a
deal at the trade deadline that added some much needed defensive depth to
the Hartford Wolfpack. The Rangers sent goaltender Johan Holmqvist
to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for defenseman Lawrence Nycholat.
Nycholat is having a breakout season with the
Houston Aeros of the AHL registering 11 goals and 28 assists in 66
appearances with the Wild's affiliate. The young defenseman was
signed by the Wild as a free agent, but has established himself in the
Aero's line-up this season.
Holmqvist was in his third season in North America
all with the Wolfpack. He had several cameo appearances with the New
York Rangers including a partial game in each of the past two regular
seasons. The Swedish goaltender was never able to move to the next
level with New York, but at 24 still has some potential.
Lawrence Nycholat, Defense
Career Record: No NHL experience
2002-03 Stats: 11G 28A 39Pts 155PIM in 66 AHL games
Career Record: 0-3-0 in 4 NHL games
2002-03 Stats: 0-1-0 in 1 NHL game