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Rangers Deal York to Oilers

March 19, 2002

NEW YORK (AP) _ The New York Rangers acquired defenseman Tom Poti and forward Rem Murray from the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday for forward Mike York and a fourth-round pick in this year’s draft.

``It’s always tough being traded,″ York said as he rushed to the airport for a flight to Edmonton. ``But I have some friends up there. It’s a great hockey city, so it’ll be fun. But it’s also shocking. I have good friends here, too.″

York, who has 18 goals and 39 assists this season, was thought to be part of New York’s trade with Florida for Pavel Bure. But that deal went through Monday with York still on the roster.

York, a 24-year-old U.S. Olympian, said he felt relieved as he skated with Bure at Tuesday’s skate hours before the trade deadline.

``But there’s always until 3 o’clock, and that’s exactly when it was,″ York said.

Poti, who turns 25 on March 22, has had a disappointing season with one goal and 16 assists in 55 games. He has been booed regularly in Edmonton.

``It definitely is a relief,″ Poti said. ``It certainly wasn’t a surprise.

Poti, also a U.S. Olympian, knows Rangers Brian Leetch and Mike Richter from Salt Lake City. He’s also a friend of New York defenseman Bryan Berard.

``It’s definitely good to go to a team where you know some guys,″ Poti said, adding the Oilers are getting a good player in return. ``Yorkie is an awesome player.″

The 29-year-old Murray has seven goals and 17 assists in 69 games this season.

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