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Isles send D Niemi to rival Rangers in rare deal

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NEW YORK (AP) -The Rangers are getting defenseman Jyri Niemi from the Islanders for a sixth-round pick in this year's draft.

The trade announced Tuesday is the first between the New York area rivals since forward Ron Stewart was dealt to the Islanders for cash on Nov. 14, 1972, during the Islanders' first season.

The 19-year-old Niemi played in 50 games with Saskatoon of the Western Hockey League last season. He had eight goals and 21 assists with a plus-9 rating.

Niemi was chosen by the Islanders in the third round - the 72nd pick - of the 2008 draft. The 6-foot-2, 192-pound native of Finland has spent the last three seasons with Saskatoon.

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