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Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

Rangers Ship Cullen Back to Carolina

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Via Sam Weinman of the Journal News:

In an obvious concession to their precarious salary cap situation, the Rangers traded Matt Cullen to Carolina for defenseman Andrew Hutchinson, center Joe Barnes and a third round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Cullen has three years remaining on the free agent contract he signed with the Blueshirts last offseason at $2.8 million per. While the move certainly aids the Rangers’ cap situation, it also removes some of the depth at center that the Rangers had bought themselves by signing Scott Gomez and Chris Drury. The team will now need to seek a replacement for the departing Cullen, perhaps moving Sean Avery to the third line center slot.

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