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Rangers Acquire Defenseman Boris Mironov

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Boris Mironov from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a fourth round draft choice in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Mironov, 30, has appeared in 605 career NHL contests with the Blackhawks, Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers over 10 NHL seasons, registering 70 goals and 209 assists for 279 points, along with 771 penalty minutes. In 25 career post-season matches, he has recorded five goals and 11 assists for 16 points, along with 45 penalty minutes.

The 6-3, 225-pounder has appeared in 20 games with the Blackhawks this season, collecting three goals and one assist for four points, along with 22 penalty minutes. He skated in his 600th career NHL contest on November 15 against Washington. Last season, Mironov led all Blackhawks defensemen with a plus-15 plus/minus rating and ranked second among defensemen with 68 penalty minutes.

Mironov was a member of the Russian Olympic squad at the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan and the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, capturing a silver medal in 1998 and a bronze medal in 2002. He also was a member of the Russian team at the 1991 World Junior Championships and the Commonwealth of Independent States team at the 1992 World Junior Championships, capturing a silver medal in 1991 and a gold medal in 1992.

Prior to joining the NHL ranks, Mironov skated with CSKA Moscow in Russia (USSR/CIS) from 1988-89 through 1992-93. He registered three goals and 11 assists for 14 points, along with 58 penalty minutes in 99 contests. Mironov teamed with current Rangers defenseman Vladimir Malakhov and right wing Pavel Bure on the CSKA team, helping the club capture the national title in 1989 and a silver medal finish in the Russian League in 1992.

The native of Moscow, Russia was originally Winnipeg's second selection, 27th overall, in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded to Edmonton from Winnipeg, along with Mats Lindgren and a first round (Jason Bonsignore) and a fourth round (Adam Copeland) selection in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, in exchange for Dave Manson and a sixth round (Chris Kibermanis) choice in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft on March 15, 1994. Mironov was acquired by the Blackhawks from Edmonton on March 20, 1999, along with Dean McAmmond and Jonas Elofsson in exchange for Chad Kilger, Daniel Cleary, Ethan Moreau and Christian Laflamme.
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