New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Sean Gagnon, along with future considerations from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for right wing Jeff Ulmer and defenseman Jason Doig.
Gagnon, 27, has appeared in 12 career NHL matches with Ottawa and the Phoenix Coyotes, registering one assist, along with 34 penalty minutes. He skated in five matches with the Senators this past season, registering 13 penalty minutes. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native spent the rest of the season with the Grand Rapid Griffins of the now-defunct International Hockey League (IHL), tallying four goals and 16 assists for 20 points, along with 226 penalty minutes in 70 matches. He also appeared in 10 playoff contests with the Griffins, notching two goals and three assists, along with a team-high 30 penalty minutes.
The 6-2, 219-pounder broke into the NHL after signing with Phoenix as a free agent on May 14, 1997. He appeared in seven matches with the Coyotes over the next two seasons, registering one assist, along with 21 penalty minutes. He also spent time with the Coyotes' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Springfield Falcons, leading them in penalty minutes in both 1997-98 and 1998-99. Following his stint in Phoenix, he played the 1999-00 season with Jokerit-Helsinki of the Finnish Elite League. He collected three goals and five assists for eight points in 42 matches with Jokerit, while leading the club with 183 penalty minutes. Following the 1999-00 season, he signed with Ottawa on July 7, 2000.
Ulmer, 24, appeared in 21 matches with New York last season, tallying three goals, along with eight penalty minutes. He also skated in 48 contests with the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL), notching 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 points. Doig, also 24, appeared in just three matches with New York, while skating in 52 matches with Hartford, registering four goals and 20 assists for 24 points, along with 178 penalty minutes.