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Blue Jackets get eighth-round pick in trade

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The New York Rangers got some help for
their injured defense corps by acquiring Jamie Pushor on Friday
from the Columbus Blue Jackets for an eighth-round pick in this
year's draft.

The 30-year-old defenseman failed to record a point in seven
games this season with the Blue Jackets. He had one goal and four
assists in 24 games with Syracuse of the AHL.

Glen Sather, New York's coach and general manager, has been
feverishly trying to acquire defensemen this week following serious
leg injuries to Greg de Vries and Darius Kasparaitis. The Rangers
have also been without Tom Poti (back spasms) the past two games,
and recently got back Joel Bouchard (hamstring).

Pushor had three goals and 16 assists with Columbus in two
previous stints, dating to the 2000-01 season. He has also played
for Pittsburgh, Dallas, Anaheim and Detroit, recording 13 goals and
44 assists in 510 NHL games.

He was chosen by Detroit in the second round of the 1991 draft
and spent nearly five years in the Red Wings' organization. Pushor
was a member of their 1997 Stanley Cup-winning team.