New York Rangers President and General Manager Neil Smith announced today that the club has acquired right wing Jason Dawe from the Nashville Predators in exchange for defenseman John Namestnikov. Dawe will report to Hartford of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Dawe, 26, has tallied 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points, along with 24 penalty minutes in 41 games with Nashville’s top minor league affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals, of the International Hockey League (IHL) this season. He was signed by Nashville as a free agent on October 2, 1999.
The 5-10, 180-pound right wing notched two goals and three assists for five points in 22 contests with the New York Islanders last season, before being claimed on waivers by Montreal on December 15, 1998. He collected four goals and five assists for nine points in 37 matches with Montreal during the remainder of the 1998-99 campaign.
The native of North York, Ontario has appeared in 362 career NHL games with Buffalo, the Islanders and Montreal, registering 86 goals and 89 assists for 175 points, along with 160 penalty minutes. He has also recorded four goals and three assists for seven points in 22 career NHL post-season contests with Buffalo. Dawe was selected with Buffalo’s second choice, 35th overall, in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.
Namestnikov, 28, has tallied one goal and nine assists for 10 points, along with 14 penalty minutes in 33 matches with Hartford (AHL) this season. He was signed by the Rangers as a free agent on August 23, 1999.