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New York, NY (Sports Network) - The New York have finally acquired superstar . The and Washington had reportedly been talking about a deal involving the five-time scoring champion since last June's NHL Entry Draft.

"To be able to acquire a player of Jaromir's stature is a rarity in this business," said president and general manager Glen Sather. "He has proven over his career that he is one of the top players in the world and we are looking forward to seeing him bring his elite play to New York."

The trade, which was approved by the league Friday evening, will send Jagr to New York in exchange for forward , who began his NHL career with Washington in 1996.

Jagr entered the season with five years and $55 million remaining on his current contract, and the and had been in discussion about which team would pick up how much of the money.

"This trade is a good one in that it moves the largest player contract in the NHL to a team that can absorb it, and it provides us with options as we seek to improve our team," majority owner Ted Leonsis said. "With our current payroll, our ability to improve was hindered as well as our flexibility to plan for the future as we move towards a possible new NHL business model."

The ' fascination with Jagr dates back to the summer of 2001 when he was still with Pittsburgh. Jagr was rumored to be headed to New York that off- season, but instead wound up in Washington in a trade on July 11, 2001 for prospects that have not panned out.

Trade talks between the and heated up this past summer and again in late November.

The 31-year-old Czech native is in his third season with Washington and was just selected to his 12th All-Star Game. He has 16 goals and 29 assists for 45 points in 46 games this season.

Jagr's best production came in 11 years with Pittsburgh, as he captured five Art Ross Trophies as the NHL's leading scorer and was the Hart Trophy winner as league MVP for the 1998-99 campaign when he accumulated 127 points.

However, he has not produced the same outstanding numbers since leaving Pittsburgh after a 121-point campaign in 2000-01. He posted just 79 points in 2001-02 and last season recorded only 77 -- his lowest full-season output since his second year of 1991-92 when he totaled just 69 points.

Carter has 10 goals and seven assists in 43 games this season. He also has a team-worst minus-12 rating.

"Anson is a proven 20-goal scorer, and we're glad to have him back in Washington," vice president and general manager George McPhee announced.

In eight NHL seasons with the , Edmonton , Boston and , Carter has 153 goals and 174 assists.

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