The New York Islanders and New York Rangers made their first trade
since 1972 when the Rangers acquired 19-year-old defenseman Jryie Niemi
from the Isles in exchange for a 6th round draft choice in the 2010
Entry Draft. The Rangers also announced that they have signed Niemi to an entry level pro contract.
Niemi spent the past three seasons with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL. In 2009-10, he played 50 games, scored eight goals and registered 29 points. The 6’3″, 210 pound native of Finland also served as captain of the Finnish U-20 team this year at the World Junior Championship.
The Islanders selected Niemi in the third round (72nd overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
The only prior trade between these two rivals came during the Islanders first season in the league. On November 14, 1972, the Rangers dealt veteran forward Ron Stewart to the Islanders for cash. Stewart, known as a defensive specialist, scored two goals and added two assists for the Isles in 22 games before retiring at the end of that season. He later went on to coach the Rangers and Los Angeles Kings.