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San Jose Acquires Rights to Messier

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

In a similar move to the deal that sent defenseman Brian Leetch's rights briefly to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for goaltender Jussi Markkanen and a 2004 fourth round draft choice earlier today, the Rangers also dealt center Mark Messier's rights to the San Jose Sharks tonight in exchange for future considerations.

Messier, who will become a Group III free agent at 12:01 AM ET on July 1, is open to negotiate with any NHL team.

Both the Rangers and the Sharks will likely receive a draft choice as a result of the deal.
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