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Rangers Recall Four; Reassign Ward To Hartford (AHL)

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that forwards Gordie Dwyer (right) and Billy Tibbetts, defenseman Richard Lintner and goaltender Johan Holmqvist have been recalled from Hartford of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Dwyer has notched three goals and two assists in 15 games with the Wolf Pack this season. His 117 penalty minutes lead Hartford and rank fourth among all AHL players. He was acquired from Tampa Bay on October 10, 2002 in exchange for forward Boyd Kane. The 6-3, 215-pound left winger has appeared in 78 career NHL matches, all with Tampa Bay, recording four assists, along with 291 penalty minutes.

Tibbits, who was signed to a professional tryout contract by Hartford earlier in the season, agreed to terms on a deal with the Rangers earlier in the day. He has tallied five goals and five assists, along with 81 penalty minutes in 16 games with the Pack this season. The 6-2, 215-pound right winger has appeared in 71 career NHL games with Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, collecting two goals and eight assists, along with 257 penalty minutes.

Lintner ranks second on the Wolf Pack with 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) this season. He has also recorded a plus-seven rating and 20 penalty minutes. The 6-3, 212-pounder has appeared in 83 career NHL matches with Nashville, registering four goals and 10 assists for 14 points, along with 44 penalty minutes. Lintner was acquired by the Rangers from the Predators on March 19, 2002 in exchange for defenseman Peter Smrek.

Holmqvist has appeared in 10 games with Hartford this season, posting a 4-3-2 record, along with a 2.52 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. The 24-year old netminder made his 2002-2003 season debut on December 11 vs. Chicago, relieving Dan Blackburn at the start of the second period, and stopping 16 of 18 shots. It was the fourth appearance of his Rangers/NHL career.

The Blueshirts also reassigned forward Dixon Ward to Hartford. Ward has appeared in eight games with New York this season, collecting two penalty minutes.
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