New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired forward Sandy McCarthy and a conditional draft choice from the Carolina Huricanes in exchange for forwards Darren Langdon and Rob DiMaio.
"Sandy McCarthy brings size and toughness to our hockey club. He adds a physical presence to the lineup and we feel that he will play an important role in the success of the team," stated Sather.
McCarthy, 28, collected six goals and five assists in 71 games last season, along with 120 penalty minutes. The seven-year NHL veteran began the 1999-2000 season with the Philadelphia Flyers before being traded to Carolina in exchange for Kent Manderville on March 14. He appeared in 58 matches with the Flyers, tallying 11 points and 111 penalty minutes. McCarthy made his debut with the Hurricanes on March 15 and skated in 13 games, registering nine penalty minutes and a plus two rating. He led the Hurricanes with 120 penalty minutes, and ranked seventh on the club, fourth among forwards, with 141 hits.
The 6-3, 225-pounder began his career with the Calgary Flames, where he spent four and a half seasons from 1993-94 through 1997-98. McCarthy has appeared in 441 National Hockey League games with the Calgary Flames, Tampa Bay Lightning, Philadelphia Flyers and the Carolina Hurricanes, registering 41 goals and 43 assists for 84 points, along with 1,081 penalty minutes. In 23 career post-season contests, McCarthy has totaled two assists, along with 61 penalty minutes.
The native of Toronto, Ontario was originally Calgary's third round selection, 52nd overall, in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to his professional career, McCarthy played three years with the Laval Titans of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), registering 70 goals and 81 assists for 151 points, along with 892 penalty minutes in 195 games. He represented the QMJHL in the 1992 Canadian Hockey League All-Star Game.