Rangers get defenseman, draftee

NEW YORK -- Winger Matthew Barnaby was traded by the New York Rangers on Monday night, along with a third-round pick in this year's draft, to the Colorado Avalanche for defensemen Chris McAllister and David Liffiton.

New York, the busiest team leading up to Tuesday's NHL trade deadline, also acquired a second-round choice in the 2004 draft the Avalanche previously acquired from Florida.

Barnaby scored twice Sunday in his final game with the Rangers, a 7-4 loss to Pittsburgh. With four deals made earlier last week, Barnaby figured his time in New York was coming to an end.

"It has obviously crept into my mind," Barnaby said Sunday after scoring his 100th NHL goal. "It is a tough game to play when the people have been so good to you here and you know it is probably the last time you are going to play in a Ranger uniform.

"We know what they're doing here. It's just part of the job. You wait, and your time is coming, but you just get ready for it."

Barnaby takes to the Avalanche an irritating game and a surprising scoring touch that has produced 12 goals, 32 points and 120 penalty minutes this season.

He has spent 2,220 minutes in the penalty box during his 12 seasons in the NHL.

New York general manager Glen Sather made two trades Monday. Earlier in the day, he sent defenseman Vladimir Malakhov to the Philadelphia Flyers for forward prospect Rick Kozak and a second-round selection in the 2005 draft.

Malakhov and Barnaby, who can be unrestricted free agents after the season, join Brian Leetch, Alexei Kovalev, Petr Nedved, Jussi Markkanen and Chris Simon as veterans dealt in a seven-day span by the Rangers.

New York has the NHL's highest payroll but is on the verge of missing the playoffs for a seventh straight season.

The Rangers continue to stockpile younger players and draft choices as they totally break down the disappointing team.

In the seven deals, New York has acquired one first-round pick and five second-round choices in the next two drafts.

McAllister has no points and 62 penalty minutes in 34 games this season with the Avalanche. The 6-foot-8 defenseman has 20 points and 622 penalty minutes in 289 NHL games over seven seasons with Vancouver, Toronto, Philadelphia and Colorado.

Liffiton, Colorado's second-round pick in the 2003 draft, is unsigned. He is in his third season with Plymouth of the Ontario Hockey League.