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Mighty Ducks Trade Rucchin, Leclerc

August 24, 2005

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ The Anaheim Mighty Ducks traded two longtime mainstays Tuesday, sending center Steve Rucchin to the New York Rangers and left wing Mike Leclerc to the Phoenix Coyotes.

The 34-year-old Rucchin was dealt to the Rangers in exchange for left wing Trevor Gillies and a conditional pick in the 2007 NHL draft.

Anaheim received another conditional pick in the same draft from the Coyotes in the deal for the 28-year-old Leclerc.

Taken by the Ducks with the second pick in the 1994 NHL supplemental draft, Rucchin has played all of his 616 career NHL games for Anaheim. He has 153 goals and 279 assists, with his assists total second in team history behind only Paul Kariya’s 369.

Rucchin had 20 goals and 23 assists while playing in all 82 games during the 2003-2004 season.

Leclerc had 54 goals and 78 assists in 291 career games for Anaheim over the team’s last eight seasons. The Ducks drafted him in the third round in 1995.

He had one goal and three assists in 10 games during the 2003-2004 season, his playing time limited after he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

Gillies, 26, appeared in 49 games for Hartford of the AHL last year, with two assists and 277 penalty minutes. In 2003-2004, he played 61 games with Springfield of the AHL and finished with two goals, one assist and 277 penalty minutes.

A physical 6-foot-3, 210-pounder, Gillies signed with the Rangers as a free agent on July 20, 2004. He has had more than 200 minutes each of his last eight seasons.

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