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Rangers Acquire Tom Poti, Rem Murray From Edmonton

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Right Wing Mike York and a 2002 Fourth Round Draft Choice Sent To Edmonton

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Tom Poti (right) and center Rem Murray from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for center Mike York and a fourth round draft choice in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Poti, 24, has appeared in 55 games with the Edmonton Oilers this season, collecting one goal and 16 assists for 17 points, along with 42 penalty minutes. He ranked third on the team in scoring among defensemen with 17 points and ranked second on the club with 16 assists. Poti made the first Olympic appearance of his career for Team USA at the XIX Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, registering one assist in six matches while helping the United States capture the silver medal.

The 6-3, 215-pounder has appeared in 285 career regular season contests with Edmonton over four seasons, registering 27 goals and 88 assists for 105 points, along with 209 penalty minutes. Last season, he appeared in a career-high 81 matches, registering a career-high 12 goals and 20 assists for 32 points, along with 60 penalty minutes. During his rookie campaign in 1998-99, Poti registered five goals and 16 assists for 21 points, along with 42 penalty minutes in 73 matches en route to being selected to the NHL All-Rookie Team. He was just the third Edmonton player to ever receive the honor (Geoff Smith - 1989-90; Boris Mironov - 1993-94). In post-season play, Poti has appeared in 15 contests with the Oilers, collecting four assists and four penalty minutes.

Prior to joining the Oilers, Poti skated in 76 matches with Boston University of Hockey East (HE) for two seasons, registering 17 goals and 46 assists for 63 points. He was selected to the NCAA East First All-American Team and named a Hockey East First Team All-Star in 1998. Poti was also named to the 1997 NCAA All-Tournament Team, helping to lead Boston University to the NCAA Championship. The Worcester, Massachusetts native was originally selected by Edmonton with their fourth choice, 59th overall, in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

Murray, 29, has appeared in 69 games with Edmonton this season, registering seven goals and 17 assists for 24 points, along with 14 penalty minutes. He ranked eighth on the club with 24 points and ninth in the National Hockey League with four shorthanded points (two goals, two assists). Murray appeared in his 400th career NHL contest on January 23 vs. Colorado.

The 6-2, 195-pounder has appeared in 416 career regular season contests with Edmonton Oilers over six seasons, registering 72 goals and 90 assists for 162 points, along with 121 penalty minutes. Last season, he established a career-high 21 assists, along with 15 goals and 36 points. He was a member of Team Canada at the 2001 World Championships in Germany, collecting one goal and three assists for four points in seven matches. In post-season play, Murray has appeared in 38 contests, registering five goals and eight assists for 13 points, along with 16 penalty minutes.

Prior to joining the Oilers, Murray skated in 165 matches with Michigan State University of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) for four seasons, registering 77 goals and 147 assists for 224 points, along with 81 penalty minutes. He ranks fourth on Michigan State's all-time assist list with 147 assists. As captain of the 1994-95 team, Murray was named a CCHA Second Team All-Star. A native of Stratford, Ontario, Murray was originally selected by the Los Angeles Kings with their fifth choice,
135th overall, in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. Murray was signed by Edmonton as a free agent on August 17, 1995.

York, 24, appeared in 69 games with the Rangers this season, collecting 18 goals and 39 assists for 57 points, along with 16 penalty minutes. He was originally selected by the Rangers with their seventh round draft choice, 136th overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.
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