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Rangers Acquire Goaltender Mike Dunham from Nashville

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired goaltender Mike Dunham from the Nashville Predators in exchange for left wing Rem Murray and defensemen Tomas Kloucek and Marek Zidlicky.

Dunham, 30, has posted a 94-116-28 record in 258 career appearances with the New Jersey Devils and Nashville Predators, along with a 2.68 goals against average, a .910 save percentage and 11 career shutouts. Dunham is the Predators franchise career leader in several goaltending categories, including: wins (81), ties (24), games played (217), minutes (12,494) and shutouts (8). Last season, he established career-highs in wins (23), games played (58) and minutes (3,316). In each of the last four seasons, Dunham has increased his win totals and appeared in atleast 44 games for the Predators. In addition, he registered a Nashville franchise record and career-best seven-game unbeaten streak from December 6 through December 23, 2001, posting a 4-0-3 record over the span.

As a member of the New Jersey Devils, Dunham charted a 13-12-4 record in 41 appearances, along with a 2.36 goals against average and three shutouts. He also captured the American Hockey League’s 1995 Calder Cup and shared the Jack A. Butterfield Award (Playoff MVP, with Corey Schwab) as a member the Devils’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Albany River Rats.

Dunham has represented United States twice (1992 and 2002) in Olympic competition, most recently this past February at the XIX Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah where he captured a silver medal. He appeared in one match during the 2002 Winter Games, notching a 6-0 shutout victory over Finland. Dunham has also performed for Team USA at several other international competitions, including the World Junior Championships (1990-91, 1991-92) and the World Championships (1991-92, 1992-93 and 1997-98). He was honored with the 1991-92 Bob Johnson Award, given annually for excellence in international competition.

The 6-3, 200-pound goaltender has appeared in 15 games with Nashville this season, posting a 2-9-2 record, along with a 3.15 goals against average and a .892 save percentage. He played in his 250th career NHL contest on November 2 at Los Angeles. Dunham faced his fourth career penalty shot (three saves) when he stopped St. Louis’ Corey Stillman on October 30. He made 37 saves on 38 shots in a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on October 26 for his first win of the 2002-03 season.

Prior to joining the professional ranks, Dunham appeared in 55 contests with the University of Maine of Hockey East (HE), posting a 41-6-3 record and a 2.75 goals against average. He was selected to the NCAA East First All-American Team and named a Hockey East First Team All-Star in 1993. Dunham was also a key member of Maine’s 1992-93 NCAA Championship team. The native of Johnson City, New York was originally selected by New Jersey with their fourth choice, 53rd overall, in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. He was selected by Nashville from New Jersey in the 1998 NHL Expansion Draft.

Murray, 30, appeared in 32 games with the Rangers this season, collecting six goals and six assists for 12 points, along with four penalty minutes. He was originally acquired by the Rangers, along with Tom Poti, from Edmonton in exchange for Mike York and a 2002 fourth round draft choice.

Kloucek, 22, appeared in 20 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League this season, collecting four goals and three assists for seven points, along with 102 penalty minutes. He was originally selected by the Rangers in the sixth round, 131st overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

Zidlicky, 25, appeared in 17 games with IFK Helsinki of the Finnish Elite League, registering one goal and eight assists for nine points, along with 26 penalty minutes. He was originally selected by the Rangers in the sixth round, 176th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
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