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Simon Dealt to Calgary; Land Three Players

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired forwards Blair Betts (right) and Greg Moore and goaltender Jamie McLennan from the Calgary Flames in exchange for left wing Chris Simon and a seventh round draft choice in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Betts, 24, skated in 20 matches with Calgary this season, registering one goal and two assists for three points, along with 10 penalty minutes. He is currently sidelined due to a shoulder injury and will miss the remainder of the season.

The 6-3, 200-pounder has appeared in 35 career contests with the Calgary Flames, collecting three goals and five assists for eight points, along with 12 penalty minutes. Betts scored his first career NHL goal in his NHL regular season debut vs. Minnesota on April 4, 2002 (Manny Fernandez). He recorded his first professional assist on March 18, 2003 at Los Angeles. As a member of Calgary's top minor league affiliate, the Saint John Flames, Betts registered 39 goals and 51 assists for 90 points, along with 44 penalty minutes in 161 games. He was a member of the 2000-01 Calder Cup championship team in Saint John, posting two goals and three assists for five points in 19 post-season matches.

Prior to joining the professional ranks, Betts skated in 215 games for the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League (WHL), registering 91 goals and 116 assists for 207 points. He finished his junior career as Prince George's all-time scoring leader with 207 points. Internationally, Betts was a member of the Team Canada's entry in the 1999 World Junior Championships and the 2001 Spengler Cup, helping both teams capture the silver medal.
The native of Edmonton, Alberta was originally Calgary's second selection, 33rd overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

Moore, 19, has appeared in 30 matches with the University of Maine Black Bears of Hockey East (HE), registering 14 goals and eight assists for 22 points, along with 42 penalty minutes. His 22 points rank fifth on the team, while his 14 goals are tied for second. In 63 career matches with Maine, the 6-1, 206-pounder has tallied 23 goals and 15 assists for 38 points, along with 52 penalty minutes. The Lisbon, Maine native was originally Calgary's fifth round choice, 143rd overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

McLennan, 32, has appeared in 26 games this season for the Calgary Flames, posting a 12-9-3 record, along with a 2.20 goals against average and a .910 save percentage. The 6-0, 190-pounder has appeared in 224 career NHL contests with Calgary, the New York Islanders, St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild, posting a 74-97-33 record, along with a 2.61 goals against average and 13 shutouts. In NHL post-season play, McLennan has appeared in four contests, registering a 0-2 record, along with a 3.16 goals against average.

During his first full NHL campaign in 1997-98, he posted a career-high 16 wins in 30 games with the St. Louis Blues. In addition, McLennan was named the recipient of the 1998 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, given annually to the player who exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. In 2000-01, he appeared in a personal-best 38 contests as a member of the Minnesota Wild.

The native of Edmonton, Alberta was originally the New York Islanders third selection, 48th overall, in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.

Simon, 32, has appeared in 65 matches with New York this season, registering 14 goals and nine assists for 23 points, along with 225 penalty minutes.
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