New York Sends Jozef Balej and a Conditional Draft Pick to Vancouver
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired forward Fedor Fedorov from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for right wing Jozef Balej and a conditional draft pick. He will report to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Fedorov, 24, appeared in 29 games with Spartak Moscow and Magnitogorsk last season, registering seven goals and seven assists for 14 points. He ranked second on Magnitogorsk with 74 penalty minutes.
The 6-4 240-pound forward has skated in 15 career NHL contests, all with Vancouver, collecting two assists and eight penalty minutes. In 2003-04, he skated in a career-high eight games with the Canucks, recording one assist and four penalty minutes. Fedorov also skated in 58 games with the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2003-04, where he registered a professional-best 23 goals and 16 assists for 39 points. He tied for the team lead with 23 goals and ranked third with 39 points. In 1998-99, Fedor played in 42 games for Port Huron of the United Hockey League (UHL) as an underage free agent.
Prior to joining the professional ranks, Fedorov appeared in 127 games with the Windsor Spitfires and Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), registering 40 goals and 55 assists for 95 points, along with 203 penalty minutes.
A native of Appatity, Russia, Fedorov was originally drafted by Tampa Bay with the team's seventh choice, 182nd overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He re-entered the draft in 2001, and was selected by Vancouver with its second choice, 66th overall. Fedorov is the younger brother of NHL All-Star Sergei Fedorov of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
Balej, 23, appeared in 69 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season, registering 20 goals and 22 assists for 42 points, along with 46 penalty minutes.