New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired right wing Anson Carter
and defenseman Ales Pisa
from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for right wing Radek Dvorak
and defenseman Cory Cross
Carter, 28, ranks first on the Oilers in scoring, registering 25 goals and 30 assists for 55 points, along with 20 penalty minutes. He also leads Edmonton with 25 goals and 10 power play goals and ranks second with 30 assists. Carter has eclipsed the 50-point plateau for the second consecutive season, as he posted 60 points (28 goals, 32 assists) last year. Carter has posted a team-leading 14 multiple-point contests, along with four multiple-goal games for the Oilers. He registered his 300th career NHL point with a goal at Pittsburgh on February 18 and skated in his 400th career NHL game at Florida on December 7.
The 6-1, 200-pounder has appeared in 441 career NHL contests with the Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins and Edmonton Oilers, collecting 142 goals and 163 assists for 305 points, along with 144 penalty minutes. Last season in Edmonton, Carter registered 28 goals and 32 assists for 60 points, along with 25 penalty minutes in a personal-best 82 games to tie for the Oilers scoring lead. He finished the 2001-02 season ranked second on the club in goals (28), third in assists (32), while establishing career-bests in all three offensive categories. Carter also ranked first on the Oilers in game-winning goals (six), power play goals (12) and power play scoring (26 points).
The native of Toronto, Ontario was originally Quebec’s 11th selection, 220th overall, in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded to Washington from Colorado for a fourth round selection (Ben Storey) in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft on April 3, 1996. Carter was acquired by the Boston Bruins from Washington on March 1, 1997, along with Jason Allison, Jim Carey and a third round choice (Lee Goren) in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Adam Oates, Rick Tocchet and Bill Ranford. He was obtained by Edmonton from Boston, along with a first round (Ales Hemsky) and second round (Doug Lynch) selections in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft and future considerations in exchange for Bill Guerin on November 15, 2000.
Pisa, (PEE-sha, al-EHSH), 26, has appeared in 48 contests with the Oilers this season, registering one goal and three assists for four points, along with 24 penalty minutes. He ranks first on Edmonton and third among NHL rookies with a +11 plus/minus rating. Pisa tallied his first career NHL goal on February 22 vs. Vancouver (Dan Cloutier) and his collected his first NHL point on November 3 at Chicago. He also skated in seven games for Edmonton’s top American Hockey League affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs, registering one assist and 14 penalty minutes.
The 6-0, 195-pounder has skated in 50 career NHL matches with Edmonton, registering one goal and three assists for four points, along with 26 penalty minutes. Prior to joining the Edmonton organization last season, Pisa skated eight seasons with Pardubice of the Czech Republic.
The native of Pardubice, Czech Republic was originally Edmonton’s 10th choice, 272nd overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.