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B-Sens Lose Giroux In Trade
The Ottawa Senators announced today the acquisition of defenseman Greg de Vries from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Karel Rachunek and forward Alexandre Giroux.

de Vries, 31 years old and a nine-year NHL veteran, has played in 53 games with the Rangers this season, recording three goals and 12 assists, 37 penalty minutes and +12 in the plus-minus rating. He ranked first among defencemen and second on the team in +/- and was the third leading scorer among Rangers defensemen. In his last game with New York, he had one assist, two shots on goal and was -2 in 15:41 of ice time in a 7-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins (March 7). de Vries has missed 15 games due to a knee injury this season along with one game due to the flu.

In 553 career NHL games, de Vries has recorded 33 goals and 81 assists with 496 penalty minutes, playing with the Rangers, Colorado, Nashville and Edmonton. In career post-season action, de Vries has six goals and 13 assists with 77 penalty minutes in 94 games, highlighted by a Stanley Cup in 2001 with the Colorado Avalanche.

The Sundridge, Ont. native began his NHL career when he was signed as a free agent by Edmonton on March 20, 1994. He was traded to Nashville by Edmonton with Eric Fichaud and Drake Berehowsky for Mikail Shtalenkov and Jim Dowd, on Oct. 1, 1998. Later that year he was traded to Colorado by Nashville for Colorado’s second round choice (Ed Hill) in the 1999 entry draft on Oct. 24, 1998. After four-and-a-half years in Colorado, de Vries signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers on July 14, 2003.

Rachunek was in his fifth season with the Senators. Ottawa selected the 24-year old native of Zlin, Czech Republic in the 9th-round, 229th overall, of the 1997 draft. This season, he had 17 points (1-16), 29 penalty minutes and a +17 in 60 games. In his career with the Senators, he played in 246 games recording 97 points (11-86) and 145 penalty minutes.

In his third season in the Senators organization, Giroux is second in team scoring with 42 points (19-32) and 79 penalty minutes in 59 games with Binghamton of the American Hockey League (AHL). The 22-year old native of Quebec City was drafted by the Senators in the seventh round, 213th overall, in the 1999 draft and played his first pro season with Ottawa's AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids in 2001-02 and in Binghamton during the 2002-03 campaign.


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