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San Jose Sharks Acquire Rights to Theoren Fleury

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

The San Jose Sharks have acquired the rights to right wing Theoren Fleury from the New York Rangers. The Sharks acquisition of Fleury completes the future considerations portion of the San Jose / Rangers draft day trade from Sunday, in which the Sharks sent a sixth round selection (194th overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft to New York in exchange for the Rangers sixth round selection in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and future considerations.

Fleury is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Should Fleury sign elsewhere, the Sharks would likely be awarded a high-round compensatory pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Compensatory picks are awarded when teams lose free agents and aren't able to replace them with similar level players.

Fleury tallied 24 goals and 39 assists for 63 points, along with a team-leading 216 penalty minutes in 82 games with New York in 2001-02. The 5-6, 180-pound right winger amassed 201 points (69 goals, 132 assists), along with 406 penalty minutes in 224 career matches with the Blueshirts from 1999-00 to 2001-02.

With the 194th overall pick in last weekend's NHL Entry Draft, the Rangers selected 6-1, 183-pound IFK (Finland) center Kim Hirschovits.
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