Update: The Rangers announced Paul Mara will have surgery to repair a facial fracture and will be out for two weeks. Whether this forces the Rangers hand when dealing before the deadline remains to be seen. Put it this way: it can’t help.
One of the cool things I inherited when I took over the Rangers beat was a list of the team’s transactions over the years that reads like a mixture of Shakespearean tragedy and Marx Brothers farce.
That, along with a commemorative pair of Sassoon circa 1979 jeans I occasionally wear have been the job’s biggest perks (OK, not really. And trust me, you’re lucky for that).
This being that special time of year, I figure some of the team’s deadline moves in the recent past were worth a look. Bear in mind these are just the deals done in the days around the deadline, so moves like last year’s Feb. 5 trade for Sean Avery or the Jan. 23, 2004 blockbuster for Jaromir Jagr are not included.
Otherwise I’d be typing for weeks.
So with that in mind, cue Kenny Rogers (Get it? “Through the years”? Anyone? Hello?):
<li>2007: Trade D Aaron Ward to Boston in exchange for D Paul Mara.
Trade F Pascal Dupuis and a third round draft choice to Atlanta in exchange for F Alex Bourret.
<li>2006: Trade LW Ville Nieminen to San Jose for third-round draft pick.
Trade San Jose third round pick to Anaheim for D Sandis Ozolinsh.
<li>2004: Trade RW Alexei Kovalev to Montreal for F Josef Balej and 2nd round pick in 2004 draft.
Trade C Petr Nedved and G Jussi Markkanen to Edmonton for G Stephen Valiquette, F Dwight Helminen and 2nd round pick in 2004 draft.
Trade D Brian Leetch and conditional draft pick to Toronto for D Maxim Kondratiev, C Jarkko Immonen, 1st round pick in 2004 and 2nd round pick in 2005.
Trade LW Chris Simon and a 7th-round pick in 2004 to Calgary for G Jamie McLennan, F Blair Betts and F Greg Moore.
Trade D Vladimir Malakhov to Philadelphia for RW Rich Kozak and 2nd-round pick in 2005.
Trade RW Matthew Barnaby to Colorado for D David Liffiton and D Chris McAllister and Florida’s 3rd round pick in 2004.
Trade D Greg de Vries to Ottawa for D Karel Rachunek and LW Alexandre Giroux.
Trade RW Paul Healey to Florida for D Jeff Paul.
<li>2003: Trade RW Radek Dvorak and D Cory Cross to Edmonton for RW Anson Carter and D Ales Pisa.
Trade G Johan Holmqvist (Hartford) to Minnesota for D Lawrence Nycholat (Houston, AHL).
<li>2002: Trade F Manny Malhotra and Barrett Heisten to Dallas for C Roman Lyashenko and W Martin Rucinsky.
Trade Filip Novak, Igor Ulanov, 1st and 2nd Rd. 2002 and 4th Rd. 2003 to Florida for Pavel Bure and 2nd Rd. 2002.
Trade Mike York and 4th Rd. 2002 to Edmonton for Tom Poti and Rem Murray.
Trade Peter Smrek to Nashville for D Richard Lintner