Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Rucchin Flies To Rangers

Adding veteran depth to their roster, the Rangers acquired center Steve Rucchin from the Mighty Ducks Tuesday night in exchange for minor league enforcer Trevor Gillies and a 2007 conditional pick.

Rucchin, 34, had played his entire 10-year career with Anaheim since '94-95 when he posted six goals and 11 assists for 17 points in his rookie season. In 616 career games, he's tallied 432 points (153-279-432).

The former Ducks captain helped lead the franchise to their only Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2003, falling in seven games to the Devils.

In '03-04, Rucchin played in all 82 games for the second straight season, scoring 20 goals and adding 23 helpers for 43 points. The 6-2 pivot also won 53.6 percent of draws taken.

A two-way center who can setup teammates and possesses leadership skills, Rucchin should be a key addition to the Blueshirts. He enters the final year of his contract due 2.26 million.

Gillies, 26, was signed as a free agent by the Rangers last summer on July 20, 2004. In 49 games with AHL affiliate Hartford, he contributed two assists and racked up 277 penalty minutes, ranking first on the club in that category.

The six-year AHL vet has never made it to the NHL. He'll try to change that in Anaheim.

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