New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Chris St. Croix from the Calgary Flames in exchange for defenseman Burke Henry.
St. Croix (saint-CROY), 22, has spent the past two seasons with Calgary's AHL affiliate in Saint John, helping the Baby Flames win the Calder Cup in 2001. In 144 regular season games with Saint John since 1999, St. Croix tallied five goals and 20 assists, along with 117 penalty minutes. He was selected by Calgary in the fourth round of the 1997 Entry Draft by former Flames General Manager Al Coates, now GM of the Hartford Wolf Pack.
Born in Voorhees, N.J., St. Croix is the son of former NHL goaltender Rick St. Croix, who played for the Philadelphia Flyers (1977-83) and Toronto Maple Leafs (1983-85). Rick was a teammate of Wolf Pack Head Coach John Paddock and Assistant Coach Mike Busniuk in the Flyers' organization.
In another move, the Blueshirts traded their third round choice (74th overall) to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for their third round choice (79th overall - became Garth Murray) and their fifth round choice (139th overall - became Shawn Collymore).
The Rangers also dealt Jeff Dessner, a defenseman from the University of Wisconsin who selected in the seventh round of the 1996 Draft to the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for their eighth round choice (230th overall). With that pick, the Rangers selected Russian defenseman Leonid Zhvachin.