Jozef Balej

Balej Dealt To Vancouver

After failing to stick with the Rangers during training camp, the Rangers have elected to part ways with right wing Jozef Balej, sending him along with a conditional 5th round draft pick to the Vancouver Canucks for forward Fedor Fedorov.  Fedorov (the younger brother of NHL star Sergei Fedorov) had been asking the Vancouver Canucks to trade him after spending three years in the organization and failing to break his way into the NHL line-up.

Whille the 24 year old Russian born Fedorov has shown plenty of talent in his three year professional career, there have been questions about his attitude and discipline, and ultimately whether he can make a career in the NHL.  A serious eye injury in the 2001-02 season cost Fedorov an early opportunity to impress the Canucks, but a strong training camp the following year allowed him to make his debut with the club.

Analysis: In Balej, the Rangers give up a forward who showed plenty of promise, but appeared unable to simplify his game enough to compete at the NHL level.  The slick skating Balej had difficulty playing in traffic and perhaps lacked the strength to hold onto the puck when challenged.  In exchange the Rangers get another border line NHL forward who has not been able to put it together thus far in his career.  Fedorov has not been particularly impressive at the AHL level, but has shown some good hands for a bigger man.

Fedor Fedorov
Height: 6-3Age: 24
Weight: 220Birthday: June 11, 1981
Position: Left WingBirthplace: Moscow, Russia
Shoots: LeftDrafted: 1999 NHL Entry Draft – Tampa Bay Lightning – #182 (6th round) : 2001 NHL Entry Draft – Vancouver Canucks #66 (3rd round)
Salary: undisclosed
1998-1999Port Huron Border CatsUHL4225720 
1999-2000Windsor SpitfiresOHL6071017115 
2000-2001Sudbury WolvesOHL6733457888 
2001-2002Columbia InfernoECHL20220 
2001-2002Manitoba MooseAHL82136 
2002-2003Manitoba MooseAHL5010132361 
2002-2003Vancouver CanucksNHL701104002 
2003-2004Manitoba MooseAHL5823163952 
2003-2004Vancouver CanucksNHL8011040010 
2004-2005Moscow SpartakRSL19471152 
2004-2005Metallurg MagnitogorskRSL1030322 
NHL Totals  15022080012 
Jozef Balej
Height: 6-1Age: 23
Weight: 192Birthday: February 22, 1982
Position: Right WingBirthplace: Myjava – Slovakia
Shoots: RightDrafted: 2000 NHL Entry Draft – Montreal Canadiens – #78 (3rd round)
Salary: undisclosed
1998-1999Thunder Bay FlyersUSHL3887159 
1998-1999Rochester MustangsUSHL170112 
1999-2000Portland WinterhawksWHL6522234533 
2000-2001Portland WinterhawksWHL4632215352 
2001-2002Portland WinterhawksWHL6551419252 
2002-2003Hamilton BulldogsAHL565152029 
2003-2004Montreal CanadiensNHL4000-10004 
2003-2004Hamilton BulldogsAHL5525335831 
2003-2004Montreal CanadiensNHL4000-10004 
2003-2004Hartford Wolf PackAHL513421 
2003-2004New York RangersNHL13145040025 
2004-2005Hartford Wolf PackAHL6920224246 
NHL Totals  17145-140029 
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