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Rangers Acquire Defenseman Alexei Gusarov from Colorado

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Alexei Gusarov from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for a fifth round draft choice in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

Gusarov, has appeared in nine matches for Colorado this season, tallying one assist along with six penalty minutes and a plus-2 rating. The 10-year NHL veteran was a member of the Colorado’s 1996 Stanley Cup championship team and captured medals in three Winter Olympic Games with the Russian National team.

"Alexei is a proven, veteran defenseman who adds depth and experience to our defense," Sather said is making the announcement. "He skates and moves the puck well and is a valuable addition for us on the blueline."

The 6-2, 200-pounder has spent his entire NHL career with the Quebec/Colorado franchise. In 565 career matches, Gusarov has notched 38 goals and 121 assists for 159 points along with 301 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in 61 career post-season contests, registering one goal and 17 assists along with 42 penalty minutes. Gusarov appeared in 21 playoff contests in 1996, tallying nine assists and 12 penalty minutes, helping Colorado capture the first Stanley Cup in franchise history. His finest offensive season was during the 1992-93 campaign, when he registered eight goals and 22 assists for 30 points with Quebec. He has registered a plus or even rating in eight of his 10 seasons in the NHL, posting a plus-57 rating overall.

Prior to his NHL career, "Goose" spent 10 seasons in the USSR League, playing three seasons with SKA Leningrad (1981-1984) and seven with CSKA (1984 to 1991), appearing in 357 matches with 27 goals and 33 assists for 60 points, along with 279 penalty minutes.

Gusarov has also enjoyed success on the international scene as well, helping Russia to a Silver Medal finish in the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan. He also was a member of the Gold Medal-winning Soviet Union team in the 1988 Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, appearing in eight matches, registering a goal and three assists.

The Leningrad, Russia native was originally selected as the Quebec Nordiques’ 11th choice, 213th overall, in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.
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