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Rangers get Ozolinsh from Mighty Ducks

NEW YORK -- The Rangers acquired defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh
from the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Thursday for a third-round pick
obtained a day earlier in a separate trade.

Ozolinsh has two goals -- both game-winners -- in four games since
rejoining the Ducks following a six-week stint in the NHL's
substance abuse program. The seven-time All-Star was reinstated
last month just in time to play for Latvia in the Turin Olympics.

He had one goal and three assists -- including two in Latvia's
surprising 3-3 tie with the United States -- in five games during
the Olympics.

The 33-year-old Ozolinsh voluntarily entered the substance abuse
program in late December after being sidelined in November by a
knee injury.

He has three goals and three assists in 17 games this season.

All New York had to give up to the Mighty Ducks was the
third-round pick received Wednesday from San Jose in the deal that
sent forward Ville Nieminen to the Sharks.

Ozolinsh, who won the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in
1996, played parts of three seasons with Anaheim after short stays
with Carolina and Florida.

He scored a career-best 26 goals with San Jose in the 1993-94
season, his first full year in the NHL, and had 23 goals and a
career-high 68 points in 1996-97 with Colorado.

Ozolinsh has reached double figures in goals seven times in 13
NHL seasons. In 796 career games, he has 161 goals and 370 assists.

The deal was the third completed by the Ducks before Thursday's
NHL trade deadline.

Anaheim sent forward Joel Perreault to Phoenix for defenseman
Sean O'Donnell, and acquired left winger Jeff Friesen for a
second-round draft pick.

It was the second time the Mighty Ducks picked up Friesen at the
trade deadline. He was sent to Anaheim by San Jose in 2001 in the
deal that shipped Teemu Selanne to the Sharks.