New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired right wing Matthew Barnaby from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for left wing Zdeno Ciger.
Barnaby, 28, has appeared in 29 games with Tampa Bay this season, collecting a team-leading 70 penalty minutes. Last year, he skated in 76 games with the Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins, registering five goals and eight assists for 13 points, along with 265 penalty minutes. Barnaby ranked first in the NHL with 265 penalty minutes. He registered one goal and four assists for five points, along with 168 penalty minutes in 47 games with Pittsburgh prior to the trade. Barnaby was acquired from Pittsburgh by Tampa Bay on February 1, 2001 in exchange for center Wayne Primeau. In 29 games with the Lightning, Barnaby posted four goals and four assists for eight points, along with 97 penalty minutes.
The 6-1, 195-pounder has appeared in 504 career NHL contests with the Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning, registering 66 goals and 101 assists for 167 points, along with 1,814 penalty minutes. Barnaby has led the National Hockey League in penalty minutes twice (1995-96 and 2000-01) and ranked first on his team in the category five times (1995-96, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-00 and 2000-01). He currently ranks 23rd among active NHL players with 1,814 career penalty minutes.
The Ottawa, Ontario native was originally selected by the Buffalo Sabres as their fourth choice, 83rd overall, in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by the Penguins from Buffalo on March 11, 1999 in exchange for Stu Barnes.
Ciger, 32, appeared in 29 games with the Rangers this season, collecting six goals and seven assists for 13 points, along with 16 penalty minutes. He was signed by New York as an unrestricted free agent on July 17, 2001.