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Rangers Acquire Forward Jeff Taffe

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

New York Sends Jamie Lundmark to Phoenix

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired forward Jeff Taffe from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for center Jamie Lundmark.

Taffe, 24, has appeared in two games with Phoenix this season. In 2004-05, he skated in 27 games with the Utah Grizzlies of the American Hockey League (AHL), registering nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points, along with 35 penalty minutes. He missed the majority of the season with a fractured orbital bone that was suffered on December 28, 2004.

The 6-3, 208-pound forward has skated in 81 career NHL contests, all with Phoenix, collecting 11 goals and 11 assists, along with 24 penalty minutes. In 2003-04, he established career highs in games played (59), goals (8), assists (10), points (18), power play goals (5) and penalty minutes (20). His five power play goals tied for sixth among all NHL rookies. Taffe also skated in 15 games with Springfield of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2003-04, where he registered 10 goals and 6 assists, along with 19 penalty minutes. Before he was recalled to Phoenix on November 17, 2003, he led Springfield in goals and assists and tied for fifth in AHL scoring.

Prior to joining the professional ranks, Taffe appeared in 120 games with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers (WCHA), registering 56 goals and 57 assists for 113 points, along with 164 penalty minutes. In his final season, he helped lead the Gophers to the 2002 NCAA Championship, recording 34 goals and 24 assists in 43 games. At season's end, he ranked second in the nation with 34 goals and was fifth in NCAA scoring.

A native of Hastings, Minnesota, Taffe was originally drafted by St. Louis with the team's first round choice, 30th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by Phoenix on March 13, 2001 from St. Louis, along with Michal Handzus, Ladislav Nagy and a first round draft choice in exchange for Keith Tkachuk.

Lundmark, 23, has appeared in three games with the Rangers this season, tallying one goal. In 2004-05, he appeared in 78 games with HC Forst Bolzano (Italy) and the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL), registering 23 goals and 36 assists for 59 points, along with 168 penalty minutes.
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