New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired right wing Rick Kozak (right) and a second round draft choice in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Vladimir Malakhov.
Kozak, 18, has skated in 51 matches with the Kamloops Blazers and Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL) this season, registering 13 goals and seven assists for 20 points, along with 153 penalty minutes. He currently ranks second on the Blazers with 153 penalty minutes and is sixth with 13 goals.
A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Kozak has appeared in 93 career matches with Kamloops, Brandon and the Prince George Cougars (WHL), registering 22 goals and 13 assists for 35 points, along with 251 penalty minutes. He also skated in 16 post-season matches with Brandon (WHL) last season, registering six goals and five assists for 11 points, along with 51 penalty minutes.
The 6-2, 210-pound winger was originally Philadelphia's third round choice, 95th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
Malakhov, 35, has appeared in 56 matches with New York this season, registering three goals and 15 assists for 18 points, along with 53 penalty minutes.