New York Sends Garth Murray to Montreal
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired forward Marcel Hossa from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for left wing Garth Murray.
Hossa, 23, has appeared in five pre-season games for the Canadiens this season, recording two goals and four assists for six points. At the time of the trade, he tied for second on the club in pre-season points and ranked second in assists. Last season, Hossa skated in 48 games with Mora IK of the Swedish Elite League, registering 18 goals and six assists for 24 points, along with 48 penalty minutes. He tied for second on the club in goals, along with his brother Marian.
The 6-3, 220-pound forward has skated in 59 career NHL contests, all with Montreal, registering 10 goals and nine assists for 19 points, along with 24 penalty minutes. In 2003-04, he skated in 15 games with the Canadiens, collecting two points (one goal, one assist), along with eight penalty minutes. Hossa also skated in 57 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2003-04, where he registered 18 goals and 22 assists for 40 points. As a second-year forward for Montreal in 2002-03, he established career-highs in games played (34), goals (six), assists (seven) and points (13). Hossa played in the 2003 YoungStars Game at All-Star Weekend in Florida, recording two assists.
Internationally, Hossa has skated for his native Slovakia in several tournaments, including the 2000 and 2001 World Junior Championships. Most recently, he wore his country's colors in the 2005 World Championships in Austria, appearing in two games for Slovakia.
Prior to joining the professional ranks, Hossa appeared in 188 games with the Portland Winter Hawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL), registering 65 goals and 101 assists for 166 points, along with 182 penalty minutes. He led the Winter Hawks in scoring in 2000-01, collecting 34 goals and 56 assists for 90 points and was named to the WHL West Second All-Star Team at the conclusion of the season.
A native of Ilava, Slovakia, Hossa was originally drafted by Montreal in the first round, 16th overall, of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He is the younger brother of NHL All-Star Marian Hossa of the Atlanta Thrashers.
Murray, 22, appeared in 55 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season, registering four goals and five assists, along with 182 penalty minutes.