O'Donnell Sent Packing

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    The Rangers accounced on Tuesday morning that an agreement has been reached to send defenseman Sean O'Donnell to the Carrolina Hurricanes. Coming to New York in exchange are defenseman Josef Melichar, prospect defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, and prospect center Ben Walter. The Hurricanes also received New York's 3rd round draft choice in the 2006 entry draft.

    "Sean had approached me with a trade request a couple weeks ago. He was happy to be a Ranger, but he expressed concern that he wanted to play for a team with a chance to make the playoffs. Carolina's on the outside looking in right now, but we feel he'll be happier in Raleigh," said GM Sean Gaffney.

    O'Donnell was a long time Ranger and one of the team's assistant captains. With the Rangers in rebuilding mode and O'Donnell now being 34 years old, he and the Rangers mutually felt it was time for him to move on.

    Melichar gives the team a defenseman that can take O'Donnell's spot on the top six. Tollefsen has had somewhat of a breakout year in the AHL and should be ready for a callup soon. Ben Walter is also a promising forward who was a finalist for the Hobey Baker award as NCAA Hockey's top player in 2005.

    Due to league ratings retrictions, this may be the last move the Rangers make before the Trade Deadline.
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2006
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