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Rangers Trade Barnaby to Avs; Acquire Liffiton, McAllister

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired defenseman David Liffiton (right), a second round draft choice in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (previously acquired from Florida) and defenseman Chris McAllister from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for right wing Matthew Barnaby and a third round selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Liffiton, 19, has skated in 43 matches with Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) this season, registering two goals and nine assists for 11 points, along with 78 penalty minutes. He currently ranks seventh on the team with 78 penalty minutes.

A native of Windsor, Ontario, Liffiton has appeared in 169 career matches with Plymouth (OHL), registering 10 goals and 29 assists for 39 points, along with 282 penalty minutes. He has also skated in 24 playoff contests, registering one goal and three assists for four points, along with 29 penalty minutes. Liffiton participated in the 2003 CHL Top Prospects Game for Team Orr.

The 6-2, 201-pound defenseman was originally Colorado’s first choice, 63rd overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

McAllister, 28, has appeared in 34 matches with the Colorado Avalanche, registering 62 penalty minutes. In 289 career matches with Colorado, the Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers, McAllister has registered four goals and 16 assists for 20 points, along with 622 penalty minutes.

The 6-7, 250-pound Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native was originally Vancouver’s first choice, 40th overall, in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.
Barnaby, 30, has appeared in 69 matches with New York this season, registering 12 goals and 20 assists for 32 points, along with 120 penalty minutes.
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