Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Rangers announce trades week after deadline

The Marquette Rangers spent the final days before the trade deadline last week working on a deal that will bring the team a new forward and a new defenseman as the team starts its’ preparations for their upcoming playoff run.

North American Hockey League teams needed to have trades completed by Feb. 6.

Added to the Rangers lineup are Bryan Murphy, a forward who skated 38 games with the Kenai River Brown Bears of the South Division and defenseman Jake Hannon, who comes from the St. Louis Bandits of the North Division. To complete the St. Louis trade, the Rangers sent defenseman Nick Condon to St. Louis.

The Rangers also made a move for the future, acquiring the rights to a Midget AAA player in the trade - Adam Wiesner, a forward, from Rochester, Minn., who currently plays for Russell Stover in Kansas City.

“This move does a few things that help us out,” said Rangers head coach Randy Enders. "We get a solid defenseman back at the blue line with Hannon coming in and some extra grit and experience up front with the addition of Murphy. We’re excited to add them to what we already have here and we’re confident both will make an immediate impact.”

Hannon, 19, hails from Buffalo. He has four goals and eight assists on the season having played 25 games with the first-place Bandits. He is also a plus-18 with 12 penalty minutes on the season. He is the older brother of current Rangers forward Luke Hannon and has committed to playing collegiately for Army.

Murphy, from Sterling Heights, also has four goals and eight assists on the season in 38 games for Kenai River.

“There’s been a lot of movement in our league as teams try and solidify their lineups,” Enders added. “We’re confident these two players will be a positive addition to our team and really compliment our core guys. We’ve been piecing this puzzle together for awhile now and we’re very happy with how all of this all fell into place.”

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