New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired right wing Mikael Samuelsson (right) and defenseman Christian Gosselin in exchange for forward Adam Graves.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Adam for his 10 terrific years of service to the New York Rangers. What Adam has meant to the Rangers franchise and to the city of New York as a player and a person cannot be overstated," said Sather. "We wish Adam and his family continued success."
Samuelsson, 24, appeared in 66 games with the Kentucky Thoroughblades of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season, collecting 32 goals and 46 assists for 78 points, along with 58 penalty minutes. He ranked among the team’s leaders in several categories, including second in points (78), tied for second in goals (32), and fourth in assists (46). In post-season play, Samuelsson tallied one goal in three playoff contests.
The 6-1, 205-pounder skated for Brynas IF, Vastra Frolunda and Sodertalje SK of the Swedish Elite League prior to joining the San Jose organization last season. During the 1999-00 campaign, Samuelsson skated in 40 contests with Brynas IF, collecting four goals and three assists for seven points, along with 76 penalty minutes. In addition, he registered seven goals and two assists for nine points in 11 post-season matches with Brynas IF.
A native of Marieford, Sweden was originally selected by San Jose with their seventh choice, 145th overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.
Gosselin, 24, appeared in 42 games with the Kentucky Thoroughblades of the AHL, collecting two goals and three assists for five points. He ranked sixth on the club with 145 penalty minutes. In post-season play, Gosselin recorded one assist and five penalty minutes in three contests.
The 6-5, 235-pounder has appeared in 147 professional contests with Kentucky and the Fredericton Canadiens (AHL), along with the Pensacola Ice Pilots of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). He has registered seven goals and 10 assists for 17 points, along with 571 penalty minutes. During the 1999-00 season, Gosselin ranked second on Kentucky with 266 penalty minutes.
A native of Laval, Quebec, Gosselin was originally selected by New Jersey with their fifth choice, 129th overall, in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He was signed as a free agent by San Jose on July 15, 1998.
Graves, 31, registered 10 goals and 16 assists for 26 points, along with 77 penalty minutes in 82 matches last season. He was the 2000-01 recipient of the Masterton Memorial Trophy, given annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. In 10 seasons with the Rangers, he totaled 280 goals and 227 assists for 507 points, along with 810 penalty minutes in 772 contests. He ranks among the club’s all-time leaders in several categories including: goals (third, 280), assists (19th, 227) and points (10th, 507). A member of the 1994 Rangers Stanley Cup championship team, Graves also holds the Rangers single season scoring record with 52 goals during the 1993-94 campaign.
A native of Toronto, Ontario, Graves was originally selected with Detroit’s second choice, 22nd overall, in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft. He was signed as a free agent by the Rangers on September 3, 1991.