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03-10-2004, 10:32 AM
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Rangers big winners at trade deadline
New York Rangers: A strange choice? Perhaps, until you consider how effective the Rangers were in getting rid of so much salary. And actually getting a pretty good return. New York GM Glen Sather has been blowing up his roster for the past 10 days, getting rid of every high-priced veteran he had a buyer for. In the early stages, he was getting mainly mid-level prospects and drafts pick, but Tuesday he scored a very good young defenseman with a few NHL seasons under his belt in Karel Rachunek and R.J. Umberger, a recent first-round draft choice who is finishing his high-scoring career at Ohio State and should be ready to step into the NHL. Sather also picked up David Liffiton, a highly touted young defenseman from Colorado in the Barnaby deal. And Sather sent away more than $30 million in player salaries, leaving the Rangers in a much better position to deal with the next CBA.

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