RALEIGH, NC (AUGUST 4, 2000) – Jim Rutherford, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, today announced the team has acquired center/right wing Rob DiMaio and left wing Darren Langdon from the New York Rangers in exchange of right wing Sandy McCarthy and a fourth-round pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
“We are pleased to announce the acquisitions of Rob DiMaio and Darren Langdon, which gives our team much better balance,” stated Rutherford. “With 12 NHL seasons under his belt, Rob DiMaio is a proven, veteran player who will add some grit to our lineup. Darren Langdon is a tough, physical player who will play a checking-line role for us and can step up in a physical sense to protect his teammates.”
DiMaio, 32, enters his 13th NHL season, having played with the New York Islanders, the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers. The Calgary native has appeared in 560 NHL games, registering 181 points (71g, 110a) and 603 penalty minutes. DiMaio (5’10’’, 190 lbs.) split last season between the Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers, totaling 25 points (6g, 19a) in 62 games. The Rangers acquired DiMaio on March 10 in exchange for Mike Knuble. DiMaio began his career with the New York Islanders, who selected him with their sixth pick (118th overall) in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. In 1992, he was claimed by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Expansion Draft. He spent nearly two seasons with the Lightning before being traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for Jim Cummins and a 1995 fourth-round draft choice. After two full seasons with the Flyers, DiMaio was claimed by San Jose in the Waiver Draft in 1996 and traded immediately to Boston for a 1997 fifth-round draft pick. DiMaio established career highs in goals and points while playing for the Bruins during the 1996-97 season, when he notched 13 goals and 28 points. DiMaio also scored the game-winning goal in Game One of the Bruins’ Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Hurricanes in 1999.
Langdon, 29, is entering his seventh NHL season, having spent the previous six seasons with the Rangers. Signed as a free agent by the Rangers on August 16, 1993, Langdon has played in 277 NHL games, accumulating 29 points (14g, 15a) and 735 penalty minutes. The Deer Lake, Newfoundland native totaled one assist and 26 penalty minutes in 21 games last year before undergoing season-ending surgery on February 23 to repair an abdominal strain. Langdon (6’1’’, 205 lbs.) registered career highs in goals (7), assists (4) and points (11) in 64 games during the 1995-96 season with New York. He collected a career-high in penalty minutes during the 1997-98 season, when he accumulated 197. Langdon twice captured the Rangers’ annual “Players’ Player” Award, which is awarded by Rangers’ teammates to the team’s top team player.
McCarthy, 28, had just completed his first season with the Hurricanes and his seventh NHL season. Acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers on March 14, 2000 in exchange for Kent Manderville, McCarthy played 13 games for the Hurricanes, registering nine penalty minutes. In his NHL career, McCarthy has played 441 games, totaling 84 points (41g, 43a) with Calgary, Tampa Bay, Philadelphia and Carolina.