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Rangers acquire veteran forward Crabb from Panthers, open roster spot for teenager Duclair @NHLdotcom

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The New York Rangers have acquired forward Joey Crabb from the Florida Panthers in a trade that opens up a roster spot for emerging teenage forward Anthony Duclair.

The Rangers are sending defenceman Steven Kampfer and forward Andrew Yogan to the Panthers in the deal announced Monday. This move allows the Rangers to keep the 19-year-old Duclair on the roster that will open the season Thursday at St. Louis. Each team can have a maximum of 50 contracts in the organization.

Duclair, chosen as the Rangers' top rookie in training camp, had a goal in both preseason games last week against Philadelphia, led the club with five points, and tied for the lead with three goals while playing in five of six games.

The 31-year-old Crabb split last season between the Panthers and San Antonio of the AHL. In nine NHL games, he had just one assist. With San Antonio, Crabb had 15 goals and 14 assists.

In 179 NHL games over five seasons with Atlanta, Toronto, Washington, and Florida, Crabb has 20 goals and 53 points. He was originally chosen by the Rangers in the seventh round of the 2002 draft.

Kampfer and Yogan had already been assigned to Hartford of the AHL.

New York also sent Cedrick Desjardins, Ryan Haggerty, Marek Hrivik, Michael Kostka, Oscar Lindberg, Matthew Lombardi, and Dylan McIlrath to Hartford on Monday.

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