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Nikolai Antropov and Derek Morris Acquired by New York Rangers

Ranger NationCorrespondent IMarch 4, 2009

Well, the trade deadline is officially over.

How did the Rangers do? Not too bad, if you ask me. However, I am heartbroken to see a player leave, that I wish could have stayed.

First off, the Rangers acquired Nikolai Antropov from the Toronto Maple Leafs for a second-round and conditional draft pick. I love this move.

Antropov has been a guy I have followed in this league for the last six seasons. He is big, can crash the net, and also put the puck in the net. This is a huge plus on this offensive-laden Rangers team. I see great things coming from Antropov in New York.

The Rangers also acquired defenseman Derek Morris from the Phoenix Coyotes for Nigel Dawes, Petr Prucha, and Dmitri Kalinin. I am 50/50 on this deal.

Morris is a puck-mover and a decent point-man, but I hated to see the Rangers lose Petr Prucha. I finally thought he would get a chance now, that John Tortorella is the head coach. However, you have to give in order to get, and there are two things that this move does for the Rangers.

First off, it clears space and cap. Second, it makes the team better, in order to crunch in the playoffs.

All in all, I would say this was a pretty good NHL Trade Deadline day for the New York Rangers.

Take care Prucha—you will be missed by the fans.

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