New York Rangers proper wing Ryan Reaves (75) beats Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev (98) to a free puck through the third interval in Recreation 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Japanese Convention finals Tuesday, June 7, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photograph/Chris O’Meara)
The New York Rangers are by no means finished trying to discover methods to create cap house.
The group introduced Wednesday afternoon that they’ve acquired a fifth-round pick within the 2025 NHL Entry Draft from the Minnesota Wild in trade for Ryan Reaves. Following the trade, the Rangers now have eight picks within the 2025 NHL Entry Draft.
Reaves, 34 years outdated, had agreed to a one-year, $1,750,000 cope with New York this previous offseason. In 12 video games this season, Reaves has not recorded some extent however has totaled 44 hits.
In 81 video games with the Rangers over elements of two seasons (2021-22 and 2022-23), recording 5 targets and eight assists for 13 factors, together with 55 penalty minutes.
With the trade, the Rangers have just below $2 million in cap space that may improve additional up till the trade deadline so long as the roster stays at its present 22 gamers complete.
The emergence of Julien Gauthier all through the final two weeks made Reaves expendable for a group trying for extra offensive outcomes. Reaves had not seen the ice since a November twelfth recreation in opposition to the Nashville Predators. Gauthier has recorded 4 complete factors (three targets) in 12 video games for New York.
The absence of Reaves although might probably restrict the Rangers’ physicality. As an on-ice enforcer, Reaves was a key member of New York’s veteran management group who hardly ever misplaced fights and was normally the primary individual to stick up for his teammates after a tough hit.
New York’s roster at present sits at 22 gamers.
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