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Rangers acquire enforcer Shelley from Sharks

PITTSBURGH - Enforcer Jody Shelley was acquired by the Rangers from the San Jose Sharks on Friday for a conditional sixth-round draft pick in 2011. Shelley, a 6-3, 232-pound left wing, will join the team Saturday and is expected to face Tampa Bay at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

Although the Rangers have been looking for a defenseman, that hunt will have to wait until March 1, when the Olympics trade freeze, which began at 3 p.m. Friday, is lifted.

Shelley, 34, has 71 penalty minutes in 34 games and has compiled more than 1,300 during his nine-year NHL career.

Shelley was sidelined two months (23 games) after he suffered a broken hand Nov. 7 and is earning $725,000 in the final year of a two-year contract.

Since his return, he's fought Nashville's Wade Belak and decked Toronto's Colton Orr with a sharp right. If the Rangers re-sign Shelley next season, the pick becomes a fifth-rounder.

Assistant general manager Jim Schoenfeld said Donald Brashear, who cleared waivers, was assigned to Hartford and is expected to play for the Wolf Pack on Saturday night.

Brashear, 38, signed a two-year, $2.8-million contract as a free agent in July but played only 36 games and was a healthy scratch for 12 of the last 13. Unhappy with his ice time, he asked for a trade last month. "Donald made it pretty clear he wanted a change of scenery," Schoenfeld said. "He did his best, but it didn't work out."

Potter impresses Torts

Defenseman Corey Potter, who played Wednesday against the Predators, then was returned to Hartford, received a positive assessment from coach John Tortorella. "He only played eight or nine minutes, joined the rush, had a great [scoring] chance," he said. "He's righthanded, so we have to keep an eye on him. He looked thicker to me than the last time I saw him [in training camp]. He was mobile and he was trying to make a difference. I'm sure he wanted more ice time and may get it here eventually along the way."

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