040121 Ishockey, NHL: Anaheim - Detroit: Niklas Kronwall, Detroit och Steve Rucchin, Anaheim.
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040121 Ishockey, NHL: Anaheim - Detroit: Niklas Kronwall, Detroit och Steve Rucchin, Anaheim. © Bildbyrån - 41286

Finn In, Trade Made

Immonen Signs On
The Rangers finally made it official today, announcing the signing of Jarkko Immonen to an NHL contract.  The announcement ends a period of uncertainty over Immonen’s future, and will mean the JYP’s former star forward will get a chance to compete for an NHL roster spot this season.  Acquired from Toronton in March of 2004, Immonen was part of the deal that saw long time Ranger Brian Leetch leave the only team he had ever played for.

Without an NHL season last year, Immonen elected to continue to play for JYP in the Finnish SM-Liiga where he lead his team with 19 goals and 47 points in 54 appearances.  His total of 47 points was tied for 7th in the league and his power play totals of 6 goals and 17 assists tied him for 4th in the league with 23 power play points.

There’s a good chance that Immonen will start the year with Hartford, but a strong camp and pre-season could see him earn a spot on the NHL squad to start the year.

Jarkko Immonen
Height: 6-0Age: 23
Weight: 202Birthday: April 19, 1982
Position: CenterBirthplace: Rantasalmi – Finland
Shoots: RightDrafted: 2002 NHL Entry Draft – Toronto – #254 (8th round)
Total  20652791314592620 

Trade Made With Ducks

In an unexpected move, the Rangers have acquired centerman Steve Rucchin in exchange for minor leaguer Trevor Gillies and a conditional pick (believed to be a 4th rounder) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.  The Mighty Ducks found themselves needing to move some salary and the Rangers were only to happy to oblige, taking on their captain in exchange for a limited return.  The 34 year old Rucchin was selected in the 1994 NHL Supplemental Draft by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and has spent his entire ten year pro career with the team.

A reliable contributor at both ends of the ice, Rucchin is well liked by team mates and coaches and may provide some of the leadership the Rangers need to rebuild their organization.  Rucchin has just one year remaining on his contract before he becomes an unrestricted free agent next season.

In exchange the Ducks get Trevor Gillies, whom the Rangers signed as a free agent last summer.  Gillies can play forward or defense, but played as a fourth line enforcer on the wing for the Wolf Pack last season.

Steve Rucchin
Height: 6-2Age: 34
Weight: 215Birthday: July 4, 1971
Position: CenterBirthplace: Thunder Bay, ON – Canada
Shoots: LeftDrafted: 1994 NHL Supplemental Draft – Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
1994-1995Mighty Ducks of AnaheimNHL43611177290059 
1995-1996Mighty Ducks of AnaheimNHL6419254435381113 
1996-1997Mighty Ducks of AnaheimNHL79194867261261153 
1997-1998Mighty Ducks of AnaheimNHL7217365382281131 
1998-1999Mighty Ducks of AnaheimNHL69233962116151145 
1999-2000Mighty Ducks of AnaheimNHL7119385794100131 
2000-2001Mighty Ducks of AnaheimNHL16358-5442019 
2001-2002Mighty Ducks of AnaheimNHL3871623-304057 
2002-2003Mighty Ducks of AnaheimNHL82203858-144161194 
2003-2004Mighty Ducks of AnaheimNHL82202343-147491148 
Total  616153279432283405861150 
Trevor Gillies
Height: 6-3Age: 25
Weight: 225Birthday: January 30, 1979
Position: Forward / DefenseBirthplace: Cambridge Bay, ON – Canada
Shoots: LeftDrafted: Undrafted
1996-1997North Bay CentennialsOHL2603372 
1997-1998North Bay CentennialsOHL20004 
1997-1998Sarnia StingOHL1701133 
1997-1998Oshawa GeneralsOHL45123184 
1998-1999Oshawa GeneralsOHL666915270 
1999-2000Lowell Lock MonstersAHL800038 
1999-2000Mississippi Sea WolvesECHL53066202 
2000-2001Greensboro GeneralsECHL63167303 
2001-2002Richmond RenegadesECHL1801151 
2001-2002Providence BruinsAHL500021 
2001-2002Augusta LynxECHL46011269 
2002-2003Lowell Lock MonstersAHL25011132 
2002-2003Richmond RenegadesECHL600020 
2002-2003Peoria RivermanECHL24011180 
2003-2004Springfield FalconsAHL61213277 
2004-2005Hartford Wolf PackAHL33011192009 
Total  49810334392248000 
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