Wed 3 Mar 2010
The New York Rangers are on the board at NHL Trade Deadline 2010. Given the names involved, you might say the Rangers are on the â€œboredâ€. The Blueshirts and Detroit Red Wings swapped AHL forwards as the Rangers have acquired Kris Newbury in exchange for Jordan Owens â€“ which puts a crimp in Hartfordâ€™s plans for Jordan Owens Bobblehead Night later this month.
Newbury is a 28-year-old center who has played 48 NHL games with Detroit and the Toronto Maple Leafs and has scored four goals and three assists with 64 PIM. He was originally San Joseâ€™s fifth round draft pick in 2002 (139th overall).
I would imagine that the Rangers organization made this trade with the Wolf Pack in mind as they add a veteran presence to the lineup. The other possibility is that the Rangers are looking for an inexpensive spare forward in New York as the 5-foot-10 and 200 pounder makes $500,000 this season.
I suppose you could consider Newbury to a poor manâ€™s version of Sean Avery given his size and statistics. In 52 games with Grand Rapids, Newbury tallied 11 goals and 22 assists with 144 PIM. His scouting report, courtesy of The Star.com is listed below.
As opposed to the gritty Newbury, the 23-year-old Owens (6-0/170) bases his game on his skating ability. He was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Rangers in June 2007 after three seasons in the OHL.
ASSETS: Works as hard as anybody on the ice most shifts. Can line up at all three forward positions and will usually provide a lot of energy. Is a point producer at lower levels.
FLAWS: Is very limited in terms of his offensive ability at the NHL level. Will often take bad penalties that places his team behind the eight-ball.
CAREER POTENTIAL: Physical reserve forward.
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