Hockey

Flames acquire Chris Simon

The Calgary Flames have added some extra grit for their playoff drive, acquiring rugged winger Chris Simon from the New York Rangers.

The Flames also received a conditional seventh-round draft pick. In exchange, Calgary shipped goaltender Jamie McLennan, centre Blair Betts and forward prospect Greg Moore to New York.

"We have been interested in Chris for sometime," said Flames general manager and head coach Darryl Sutter.

"He is a big strong player who will also provide us with an offensive contribution and is having a good season. Chris has been a member of a Stanley Cup team and has experience that will benefit our club."

The 32-year-old Simon has built a reputation as a quality tough guy and an above-average-scoring enforcer.

The Wawa, Ont., native signed with the Rangers as an unrestricted free agent this past summer. He collected 14 goals, 23 points, 224 penalty minutes and a plus-14 in 65 games with the New York this season.

Simon has played with four franchises since breaking into the NHL in the 1992-93 season. His stops have included Quebec/Colorado, Washington, Chicago and New York.

The 32-year-old McLennan became expendable after Roman Turek cleared waivers this week and with Miikka Kiprusoff's emergence as Calgary's No. 1 netminder.

McLennan appeared in 26 games for Calgary this season, compiling a 12-9-3 mark and 2.19 goals-against average.

The 24-year-old Betts was Calgary's second-round choice in 1998. He had one goal and two assists through 20 games this season, but is currently on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

Moore, 19, was Calgary's fifth-round selection in the 2003 draft.

The move is the latest in the Rangers' housecleaning in advance of Tuesday's 3 p.m. EST trade deadline. Simon joins Alexei Kovalev, Brian Leetch, Peter Nedved and Jussi Markkanen as ex-Rangers dealt this week.

The Rangers added a player Saturday, claiming forward Josh Green off waivers from the Flames. The 26-year-old had two goals and four assists in 36 games with Calgary this season.

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