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Chris Tamer sent to Rangers, Nedved also included.

PITTSBURGH (AP-CP) - Petr Nedved, so determined not to play again for Pittsburgh that he held out for a year-and-a-half, returned to the New York Rangers in a five-player trade Wednesday that sent Alexei Kovalev to the Penguins.

The Penguins dealt forward Nedved, defenceman Chris Tamer and centre Sean Pronger to the last-place Rangers for Kovalev, a talented right-winger who hasn't been producing; centre Harry York and future considerations.

"We just never got close to coming to terms with Petr," Penguins general manager Craig Patrick said.

To finalize the deal with the bankrupt Penguins, the Rangers apparently agreed to pay all or some of Kovalev's $1.5 million salary and part of the $2.33 million in deferred money Pittsburgh owes the Rangers' Kevin Stevens.

The Penguins originally got Nedved and defenceman Sergei Zubov from the Rangers for defenceman Ulf Samuelsson and forward Luc Robitaille in 1995.