New York, March 19, 2002 -- New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Richard Lintner in exchange for defenseman Peter Smrek.
Lintner, 24, has skated in 28 matches with Modo of the Swedish Elite League this season and has registered 12 goals and nine assists for 21 points, along with 85 penalty minutes. He also appeared in 16 contests with Trencin of the Slovak Republic Extraleague, collecting a pair of goals. Lintner has appeared in 83 career NHL matches with Nashville, registering four goals and 10 assists for 14 points, along with 44 penalty minutes. In 2000-01, the 6-2, 212-pounder appeared in 50 games with Nashville, registering three goals and five assists for eight points and 22 penalty minutes. The Trencin, Slovakia native was originally drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes as their fourth round draft choice, 119th overall, in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by Nashville, along with Cliff Ronning on October 31, 1998 in exchange for future considerations.
Smrek, 23, skated in eight matches with New York earlier in the season. He has appeared in 50 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL), registering two goals and five assists for seven points, along with 36 penalty minutes. He will remain with Hartford (AHL) through the end of the season.