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ISLANDERS ACQUIRE YORK FOR PECA

Wednesday, 08.3.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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ISLANDERS ACQUIRE YORK FOR PECA
Also Receive Conditional Draft Choice From Edmonton

The  Islanders  have  acquired forward Michael York and a conditional draft choice  from  the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for center Michael Peca. York was 16-26-42 in 64 games with Edmonton in 2003-04, and 22-29-51 in 71 games with the Oilers in 2002-03.

"Michael York is a very creative offense player who is only going to become more  effective  in  the  new  NHL,"  said  Islanders  general manager Mike Milbury.  "He  also knows New York and the Eastern Conference from his days with  the  Rangers  and  is  very  excited  to be joining us. We are really pleased with his acquisition.

"Michael  Peca  played  a  vital  role  in  restoring  credibility  to  our franchise,"  Milbury  continued.  "I  will  never forget that, and I'm sure neither  will  our  fans.  This  was  a  tough decision, but it provided us flexibility  to bring on a first-tier scorer like Miro Satan and pick up an outstanding  player  like  Michael  York. I'm confident this is a deal that will work out for everyone."

The  27-year  old  York  broke  into  the  NHL with the Rangers in 1999-00, playing  in  all  82  games and posting 26 goals and 50 points. Three years later  in March of 2002, York was traded to Edmonton and continued to excel north  of  the border. In his first full season with the Oilers in 2002-03, York  posted  a  career-high  51 points off 22 goals and 29 assists. In 374 career NHL games, York is 98-137-235.

A  native  of  Waterford,  Mich., York represented the silver medal-winning Team  USA in the 2002 Olympics. Prior to turning pro, York spent four years at Michigan State. At 5-11, 185 pounds, York will be entering his sixth NHL
season in 2005-06.

The  31-year  old  Peca was acquired in the summer of 2001 from Buffalo for Tim  Connolly and Taylor Pyatt. He was named Islanders captain prior to his first  season  and  was  instrumental  in  returning  the  franchise to the playoffs  for  the  first  time since 1994. In 222 games over three seasons with the Islanders, Peca was 49-93-142. Last season Peca was 11-29-40 in 76 games.

In his remarks with reporters after today's activity, Mike Milbury said he does not expect any more major moves from the Islanders during the free agency period. The GM said he would like to add another defenseman, will look at some depth forwards and will also concentrate on the signings of recent first round picks Robert Nilsson and Petteri Nokelainen.

 

 

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