Rangers Acquire Left Wing Colin Forbes From Ottawa
/ New York Rangers
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired left wing Colin Forbes from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for left wing Eric
The 6-4, 215-pounder has appeared in 39 matches for Ottawa this season, tallying one assist along with 31 penalty minutes. The New Westminster, B.C. native has spent parts of five seasons in the NHL with Ottawa, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay. In 238 career matches, he has tallied 27 goals and 21 assists, along with 181 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in 13 career playoff matches, notching one goal, along with 16 penalty minutes.
Forbes, 25, broke into the NHL in the 1996-1997 season, appearing in three matches for the Flyers. The following two seasons, Forbes split time between the Flyers and their American Hockey League affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms. Following the 1997-98 season, he was selected as the Flyers' "Most Improved Player", as voted by his teammates. During the 1998-1999 season, he was traded to Tampa Bay along with a conditional draft pick on March 20, 1999 in exchange for current Rangers left wing Sandy McCarthy and Mikael Andersson. He established NHL career-highs that year, appearing in 80 matches with Philadelphia and Tampa Bay and registering 20 points (12 goals, eight assists). After spending parts of two seasons with the Lightning, he was acquired by Ottawa in exchange for Bruce Gardiner on November 11, 1999.
Forbes was originally selected as the Philadelphia Flyers' fifth choice, 166th overall, in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.