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Canadiens acquire Garth Murray in swap with Rangers

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
Club sends Marcel Hossa to New York in return

Murray, who just turned 23, is always ready to get his nose dirty.


MONTREAL - Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Friday the acquisition of forward Garth Murray from the New York Rangers, in return for left-winger Marcel Hossa. Murray will immediately join the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Canadiens' American Hockey League farm team.

Murray, a left-handed centreman, was born on September 17, 1982, in Regina, Saskatchewan. The 6'02", 213-pounder was chosen in the third round (79th overall) by the New York Rangers in the 2001 Entry Draft.

In 2004-05, Murray played 55 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers farm team. He registered 4 goals and 5 assists while totalling 182 penalty minutes. He added one goal in five playoff games.

In his 20 NHL games with the Rangers, all in 2003-04, Murray had one goal and 24 penalty minutes. He was held off the score sheet in his two preseason games with the Rangers this year.

At the Junior level, Murray was a member of the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League for five seasons, between 1997 and 2002, where he recorded 155 points, including 78 goals in 266 games. He had his best campaign in 2001-02, with 33 goals and 30 assists in 62 games. In his five years with the Pats, Murray totaled 595 penalty minutes.

Hossa, 23, played in 59 games with the Canadiens between 2001 and 2004, scoring 10 goals and nine assists. His best year in Montreal was in 2002-03, when he collected 6 goals and 7 assists in 34 games.

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