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Rangers, Ducks swap prospects

The New York Rangers, parent club of the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, have acquired defenseman Matt McCue from the Anaheim Ducks, parent club of the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch, in exchange for forward Tomas Zaborsky.

McCue, 22, registered one goal and 24 penalty minutes in 10 games with the AHL’s Manitoba Moose last season. He made his professional debut on Oct. 3 and scored his first pro goal on Nov. 2 vs. Norfolk.

McCue also recorded two assists and 68 PIM in 19 games with Bakersfield (ECHL) last season.

Prior to turning professional, the 6-foot-5, 220-pounder skated in 247 junior games with the Spokane, Chilliwack, Brandon and Medicine Hat of the Western Hockey League, registering 15 goals and 48 assists for 63 points, along with 625 penalty minutes. The Cochrane, Alta., native was originally signed by Anaheim as a free agent on Dec. 30, 2008.

Zaborsky, 22, skated in 41 games this season with Assat Pori of the Finnish Elite League in 2009-10, registering nine goals and 17 assists for 26 points, along with 67 penalty minutes. He was originally selected as the Rangers’ fifth round choice, 137th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Zaborsky played in 10 AHL games with Hartford during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons, totaling one goal and three assists. He spent most of his rookie season in the ECHL last year, notching 14 goals and 14 assists in 47 combined games with Dayton and Charlotte.