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Columbus ships Zherdev to Rangers for two defensemen, inks Huselius

Updated: July 3, 2008, 12:02 AM ET
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With their defense deepened by the addition of Wade Redden and re-signing of Michal Rozsival and their offense lacking punch, the New York Rangers dealt from a strength to shore up a glaring weakness.

Wednesday, the Rangers acquired enigmatic offensive star Nikolai Zherdev and center Dan Fritsche from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for defensemen Christian Backman and Fedor Tyutin.

Fritsche was thrilled to find himself going from the only NHL team to ...

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