Rangers Acquire Michal Grosek & Brad Brown from Chicago
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New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired left wing Michal Grosek and defenseman Brad Brown from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for future considerations.
Grosek, 25, notched 13 goals and 27 assists for 40 points in 75 games with Buffalo and Chicago last season. Prior to being traded, Grosek registered 11 goals and 23 assists for 34 points in 61 games with the Sabres. He collected two goals and four assists in 14 games with the Blackhawks, after being acquired from Buffalo on March 10 in exchange for Doug Gilmour and Jean-Pierre Dumont. The native of Vyskov, Czech Republic registered eight multiple-point games during the 1999-2000 season, and skated in his 300th NHL contest on February 8 at Colorado.
The 6-2, 216-pounder was a key member of the Buffalo Sabres club that won the Eastern Conference championship in 1999, collecting four assists in 13 matches, before suffering a back injury during the Stanley Cup Finals against the Dallas Stars. During the 1998 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Grosek tallied a goal in five consecutive matches versus the Philadelphia Flyers, registering the longest goal scoring streak of the post-season. In 40 career post-season matches, Grosek has tallied nine goals and 11 assists, along with 64 penalty minutes.
Originally selected as the Winnipeg Jets’ seventh choice, 145th overall, in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, Grosek enjoyed his best offensive season in 1998-99 with the Sabres. He ranked third on the team in scoring and posted career highs in all offensive categories, tallying 20 goals and 30 assists for 50 points, along with 102 penalty minutes in 76 games. Grosek also served as an alternate captain for the Sabres that season, during a suspension to Rob Ray. He has registered a “plus” rating in each of the last five seasons, and has a career mark of plus-61. In 350 career matches for the Winnipeg Jets, Buffalo Sabres and Chicago, he has totaled 67 goals and 104 assists for 171 points, along with 332 penalty minutes.
Brown, 24, collected 9 assists in 57 contests with Chicago last season. In addition, the 6-4, 218-pounder placed third on the club with 134 penalty minutes. Brown appeared in his 100th career NHL game on January 19 at New Jersey.
Originally selected by Montreal as their first choice, 18th overall, in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Brown has skated in 131 National Hockey League contests with the Montreal Canadiens and the Blackhawks, notching one goal and 16 assists for 17 points, along with 361 penalty minutes. The native of Baie Verte, Newfoundland was acquired by Chicago from Montreal on November 16, 1998 along with Jocelyn Thibault and Dave Manson in exchange for Jeff Hackett, Eric Weinrich, Alain Nasreddine and future considerations.