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Blue Jackets send Zherdev, Fritsche to Rangers

The New York Rangers acquired forwards Nikolai Zherdev and Dan Fritsche from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for defencemen Fedor Tyutin and Christian Backman Wednesday.

The New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets completed a four-player trade Wednesday.

The Rangers acquired forwards Nikolai Zherdev and Dan Fritsche in exchange for defencemen Fedor Tyutin and Christian Backman.

Zherdev scored 26 goals in 82 regular-season games last season while Fritsche had 10 goals in 69 games.

Zherdev, the fourth overall pick in the 2003 draft, also tallied a career-high 61 points during the 2007-08 NHL campaign.

Tyutin was a second-round pick (40th overall) by the Rangers in 2001 and signed a four-year extension in February.

Backman was a first-round pick (24th overall) of the St. Louis Blues in 1998.

"The addition of Fedor and Christian to our lineup has really improved our puck-moving ability from the blue-line," said Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson.

"All strong teams are built from the back end out, and we feel like we made significant strides in that area today."