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Rangers Acquire Jaromir Jagr from Washington

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired all-star right wing Jaromir Jagr from the Washington Capitals in exchange for right wing Anson Carter.

"To be able to acquire a player of Jaromir's stature is a rarity in this business," said Sather. "He has proven over his career that he is one of the top players in the world and we are looking forward to seeing him bring his elite play to New York."

Jagr, 31, has registered 16 goals and 29 assists for 45 points, along with 26 penalty minutes in 46 contests with the Washington Capitals this season. He is currently tied for 10th in the NHL in assists (29) and tied for 11th in points (45). His 12-game point scoring streak (six goals, 14 assists) from November 8 through December 2 is tied for the second longest stretch of the 2003-04 season, matching Brett Hull. Jagr also posted a five-game assist streak (seven assists) from November 24 through December 2, which ties for 12th longest this season.

A veteran of 13 NHL seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals, Jagr has appeared in 996 career NHL games, registering 522 goals and 758 assists for 1,280 points, along with 687 penalty minutes. Among active NHL players, he is currently tied for 10th with 522 career tallies, tied for 11th with 758 assists and 11th with 1,280 points. Jagr's 1.29 career points-per-game average ranks sixth all-time among NHL players with at least 500 games played. He ranks second on the Penguins' in all-time goal scoring, assists and points behind Mario Lemieux. Jagr holds several single-season franchise scoring records for right wings, including most goals (62 - 1995-96), assists (87 - 1995-96), points (149 - 1995-96), power play assists (34 - 1998-99) and power play points (51 - 1995-96). He also served as the team's captain from 1998-2000 and was one of six forwards named to the Penguins' "Millenium Team" in April, 2000.

The 6-3, 224-pound right wing began his NHL career in 1990, collecting 27 goals and 30 assists for 57 points in 80 contests, en route to being named to the NHL All-Rookie team. Jagr received the Hart Memorial Trophy in 1999 as the league's most valuable player and finished as the runner-up in balloting for the award twice (1995 and 2000). He is one of only five players to capture the Lester B. Pearson Award in consecutive seasons (1999 and 2000). He also places fourth all-time and first among active European-born NHL players with 1,280 points.

Jagr has been selected as a NHL First Team All-Star six times, a Second Team All-Star once and participated in eight NHL All-Star games (1992, 1993, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003). He was selected to the 2001 match in Colorado but was unable to play due to injury. During the 1997-98 season, The Hockey News named Jagr the 37th greatest player in NHL history.

In 146 career playoff matches with Pittsburgh and Washington, he has notched 67 goals and 87 assists for 154 points, along with 123 penalty minutes. Jagr ranks second only to Lemieux in all Penguins' playoff scoring categories, including goals (65), assists (82) and points (147). He was a key member of back-to-back Stanley Cup championship teams with the Penguins in 1991 and 1992.

Jagr was a member of the Czech Republic squad that captured the gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan and also participated in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. During the 1998 Games, he was tied for the team lead in points, registering one goal and four assists for five points, along with two penalty minutes in six contests. He also was a member of the Czechoslovakian team at the 1990 World Junior Championships in Helsinki, Finland, while ranking second in the tournament in scoring with five goals and 13 assists for 18 points and being named to the tournament all-star team.

The Klando, Czech Republic native was originally Pittsburgh's first choice, fifth overall, in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by the Washington Capitals on July 11, 2001, along with Frantisek Kucera, in exchange for Kris Beech, Michal Sivek, Ross Lupaschuk and future considerations.

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