Rangers trade Lundmark to Coyotes for Taffe

Updated: October 18, 2005, 11:27 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers traded center Jamie Lundmark, a former first-round draft pick, to the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night for forward Jeff Taffe.

Jamie Lundmark

Lundmark, chosen by New York with the ninth overall pick in 1999, never lived up to his projected potential with the Rangers. After notching eight goals and 11 assists in 55 games during his rookie season of 2002-03, Lundmark missed 23 games the following season with a knee injury.

He had one goal this season but only got into three of New York's first seven games, sitting out the others as a healthy scratch by coach Tom Renney.

Jeff Taffe

Lundmark has 11 goals and 19 assists in 114 NHL games.

Taffe, also a center, played in two games this season with Phoenix and didn't record a point. Last season, Taffe had nine goals and 10 assists in 27 games with Utah of the AHL. He missed most of the season after breaking an orbital bone on Dec. 28, 2004.

In 81 career NHL games, all with Phoenix, Taffe has 11 goals and 11 assists. He had career highs of 59 games, eight goals and 18 points during 2003-04. His five power-play goals ranked fifth among rookies.

Taffe was also a first-round draft pick, chosen 30th by St. Louis in 2000. He was acquired by Phoenix in the trade that sent All-Star forward Keith Tkachuk to the Blues.

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