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Tim Erixon Acquired By New York Rangers

The New York Rangers took advantage today of the Calgary Flames inability to sign young defenseman Tim Erixon, swooping in and acquiring the 20-year-old along with a fifth-round pick in this month's draft. The Rangers gave up junior forward Roman Horak and two second-round draft choices.

"Tim is an outstanding young defenseman with good size and mobility," Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather said in a news release. "He plays a complete, all-around game, and we feel he is an excellent addition to our developing, young defense corps.

The Rangers announced that they have signed Erixon to an entry-level deal. The Flames had been trying to sign Erixon, but finally decided to trade him when it apparently became obvious the youngster would not sign the standard three-year rookie contract.

"Once we realized that we were not going to be able to come to terms with Tim Erixon, we wanted to make sure we turned that pick into an asset," Flames general manager Jay Feaster said in a release on the team's website. "We are excited to be able to get a player of Roman's caliber in addition to landing two second round picks in the upcoming draft."

-- See more about the deal on the Rangers website