Pavel Bure comes to the Rangers, along with the Panthers 2nd round pick this spring (2002), in return for veteran defenseman Igor Ulanov, young prospect Filip Novak, the Rangers’ 1st and 2nd round selections in 2002, as well as a 4th round selection in 2003.
Filip Novak, a 19-year-old defenseman currently playing junior hockey with the Regina Pats of the WHL, is the best player that the Panthers have received in this deal. Novak was originally drafted by the Rangers in the 2nd round (64th overall) of the 2000 Draft and is in his third and final year of junior hockey. (To view a lengthy article on Novak, click here) A swift skating defenseman with excellent offensive ability and the ability to rush the puck up the ice and make the important first pass out of the zone, Novak has progressed well over the last few years and has put on about 25 pounds since being drafted. However, with young defenseman such as Tomas Kloucek, Mike Mottau and Fedor Tyutin in the system, the Rangers deemed Novak expendable in such a deal as this one. Novak has been unable to take his game from about a number 3 defenseman to a more elite role, and that could also have factored in to the Rangers’ decision to move him. Also according to some whispers, the Panthers originally wanted Fedor Tyutin in this deal but Glen Sather quickly turned that scenario down.
Right when everyone thought he was on the upswing and was going to start producing, Barrett’s dad unfortunately passed away. That didn’t help at all, as Barrett flew home to Alaska and stayed there for a period of time until he could finally get his mind back into the game of hockey.
Reunited with junior linemate Jamie Lundmark over the last few weeks, the two starting clicking and Heisten began to produce. However, Dallas came knocking and Glen Sather felt Heisten was worth dealing away.
The Rangers have received some excellent play from Roman Lyashenko. Lyashenko has moved around between lines and has played with a number of linemates, including Theo Fleury and Sandy McCarthy. The Rangers have been pleased with Lyashenko’s play and he scored his first goal as a Ranger yesterday in a 5-3 loss at the Garden to the Detroit Red Wings and Dominik Hasek. After Lyashenko picked off a Detroit defenseman at the side of the net, he drove in front and chipped a loose puck over the shoulder of a sprawling Hasek.