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Rangers send Leetch to Leafs

By Wire services
Published March 4, 2004

NEW YORK - The Rangers traded star defenseman Brian Leetch to the Maple Leafs, ending his 17-season run with the team.

Leetch, a two-time Norris Trophy winner, has been with only the Rangers in his career, which began in February 1988, immediately after he played for the United States in the Olympics.

The Rangers acquired defenseman Maxim Kondratiev, forward Jarkko Immonen, both minor-leaguers, a first-round pick in June and a second-round pick in 2005. The Maple Leafs also received a conditional pick.

Leetch, who has 13 goals and 23 assists in 57 games, is second in team history in games (1,129) and the leader among defensemen in goals (240), assists (741) and points (981).

"There's a lot of tough deals you have to make," Rangers general manager Glen Sather said. "This certainly ranks right up there with the toughest."

New York also sent center Petr Nedved and goalie Jussi Markkanen to Edmonton for forward Dwight Helminen, goalie Stephen Valiquette, both minor-leaguers, and a second-round pick in June.

In 65 games, Nedved has 14 goals and 17 assists. In 26 games, Markkanen is 8-12-1 with a 2.56 goals-against average.

CAPITALS PURGE CONTINUES: Washington sent defenseman Sergei Gonchar, who is making $3.65-million, to Boston for Shaone Morrisonn and first- and second-round selections in June. Gonchar leads the league's defensemen in scoring with 42 assists and 49 points in 56 games. Morrisonn has one goal and six assists in 27 games.

The Capitals also have traded high-priced players Steve Konowalchuk, Jaromir Jagr, Peter Bondra and Robert Lang.

RED WINGS: Center Kris Draper is expected to be miss four weeks after partially tearing his rotator cuff during practice. He has a career-high 24 goals and is a plus-22.

SHARKS: Defenseman Jason Marshall was acquired from Minnesota for a fifth-round pick in June. Marshall, a 10-year veteran, has split time between the Wild and its AHL affiliate in Houston this season. He has one goal and four assists in 12 games with Minnesota.

Satan's goal downs Ottawa

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Miroslav Satan scored with 7:45 left, helping Buffalo end a four-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over Ottawa. Chris Drury had two goals for the Sabres, who bounced back from Saturday's 7-1 loss at Ottawa. Satan also had two assists.

The Sabres squandered two one-goal leads then rallied after falling behind 3-2 in the second. Maxim Afinogenov tied it 26 seconds after Ottawa took a 3-2 lead, beating Patrick Lalime on a breakaway.

Satan scored the winner off a pass from Jochen Hecht. Satan snapped a shot from the right circle that deflected in off the skate of defenseman Wade Redden.

FLYERS 5, PREDATORS 2: Kim Johnsson had two goals and an assist for host Philadelphia. Johnsson made it 1-0 27 seconds in, taking a pass in the slot from Tony Amonte and lifting it just under the crossbar. His power-play goal in the third gave him his first multigoal game of the season. Robert Esche, who missed 10 games with a left knee injury, earned his first victory since Jan. 31.

STARS 4, BLUE JACKETS 2: Bill Guerin recorded his third hat trick of the season and Ron Tugnutt stopped 15 shots for host Dallas. Tugnutt played for the first time since Jan. 2, giving Marty Turco only his fourth game off. Guerin tied it at 1 with 23.7 seconds left in the first with a blast from the right circle. Stu Barnes gave the Stars a 2-1 lead 5:29 into the second. Aaron Johnson turned it over to Rob DiMaio, who passed it in front to Barnes.

DEVILS 5, PANTHERS 2: Patrik Elias scored two in the second and Scott Gomez had a goal and four assists for visiting New Jersey. Elias gave the Devils a 2-1 lead 1:15 in, tipping in Gomez's pass. Scott Niedermayer made it 3-1 on a five-on-three, and Elias made it 4-1 with 27 seconds left, converting Gomez's pass on a two-on-one.

RED WINGS 2, FLAMES 1: Manny Legace made 28 saves for host Detroit. Henrik Zetterberg gave the Wings a 1-0 lead with 7:11 left in the second, putting in a rebound of Mathieu Schneider's shot. Mark Mowers made it 2-0 8:02 into the third, cutting in off the left wing and putting a backhander over Roman Turek.

[Last modified March 4, 2004, 01:15:01]


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