Rangers obtain three players in trade with Coyotes
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired forwards Fredrik Sjostrom and Josh Gratton and goaltender David LeNeveu, and a conditional draft pick from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for goaltender Al Montoya and forward Marcel Hossa.
|Fredrik Sjostrom, a junior teammate of Henrik Lundqvist's back in Sweden, was the 11th overall NHL draft pick in 2001.
Sjostrom has recorded three multi-point games and posted a season-high, three-game goal streak from December 15 to December 18, tallying four goals over the span. He recorded his first career hat trick on October 11 at Nashville, and collected a career-high, three assists on December 8 at Los Angeles.
The 6-1, 217-pound forward has skated in 261 career NHL contests with the Phoenix Coyotes, recording 32 goals and 41 assists for 73 points, along with 126 penalty minutes. In 2005-06, he established career-highs in assists (17) and points (23).
He made his NHL debut on November 30, 2003 at Boston, and recorded his first NHL point with a goal on December 12, 2003 vs. Edmonton.
A native of Fargelanda, Sweden, Sjostrom was originally Phoenix’s first pick, 11th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
|Goalie David LeNeveu started a game against the Rangers in Phoenix last year.
He has also appeared in 21 career NHL contests in two seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes, posting a 5-9-2 record, a 3.38 goals against average and a .888 save percentage. In 2005-06, he established career-highs in games played (15), wins (three) and goals against average (3.24 GAA). The 6-1, 187-pound goaltender recorded his first NHL win with a 24-save performance vs. St. Louis on October 25, 2005.
The native of Fernie, British Columbia, LeNeveu was originally Phoenix’s second round selection, 46th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
Gratton, 25, has appeared in one game with the Phoenix Coyotes this season, registering five penalty minutes and a plus-one rating. He has also skated in 38 games with the San Antonio Rampage (AHL) this season, collecting five goals and nine assists for 14 points, along with 124 penalty minutes.
|Josh Gratton, 25, has been with Phoenix's AHL affiliate in San Antonio for most of the 2007-08 season. He is a first cousin of NHL player Chris Gratton.
The Brantford, Ontario native was originally signed as a free agent by Philadelphia on July 27, 2004.
Montoya, 23, appeared in 31 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season, posting a record of 16-8-3, a 2.54 goals against average and a .908 save percentage.
Hossa, 26, skated in 36 games with the Rangers this season, tallying one goal and seven assists, along with 24 penalty minutes.