Brooks: Rangers to target Ryan Reaves

June 28, 2018, by

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Per Larry Brooks, the Rangers are going to target free agent winger Ryan Reaves when free agency opens on Sunday. Reaves is a 31 year old winger and your prototypical “tough guy.” Reaves doesn’t do much on the ice except for punching, but per Brooks, Reaves is an extremely likable guy in the locker room.

My guess is that Reaves is one of those guys the Rangers will target, like Leo Komarov, that may not have an impact on the ice, but will create a culture of learning and comfort in the locker room for the rookies. Komarov speaks multiple languages, which should help kids adapt. Reaves, as a likable guy, should be able to help as well.

But again, on the ice, Reaves doesn’t move the needle much.


  1. Al Hirschen says:

    Yes yes yes

  2. BOBBY B says:

    Please Lord, let this happen, the days of being the pushovers and a turn the other cheek will be over. Reaves is so much more than just a fighter ( and he just happens to be the best fighter in the NHL) they guy can play. Perfect 4th liner and lockerroom leader. No other team will take liberties with our younger players or Hank with Ryan Reaves on our team. He instantly changes the teams identity. Rich S , lets hope it happens.

    • rich s says:

      HEY!!!!! Bobby B…!!!!!!!
      Love the move……was hoping for matt martin but I’ll take reaves…….makes less $$$…….ABOUT F*&^%$#G time!
      I am still getting over losing our 20+ goal scoring battering ram winger JT Miller!!!!! But this is a small step in the right direction……
      Could use a big tough d-man as well……I think our average weight on this team is 180 pounds!!!!!!

  3. tanto says:

    Normally I would say NO … hell no. However, if we’re going with rookies like Chytil, Andersson, Howden, Hajek, Lindgren and Kravtsov over the course of the full year, then yes — not to suggest that I don’t think some of these guys like Andersson, Lindgren, etc. wouldn’t be more than capable of standing up for themselves physically and mentally, but this won’t hurt. Make it a 2 year deal so he can be exposed.

  4. mickeydee says:

    Going back to the Fotiu days, everytime the Rangers bring in this type of guy it fails. Why? All the hype and over reporting on his toughness and his fighting prowess, make it impossible for him to do anything on the ice without getting a penalty. Why would that be any different now? This smacks of a Sather move—-get the tough guy to protect the kids. Worked in Edmonton with Semenko and McSorely, so it should work here, right Glen? Well, I don’t see any Mess Gretzky, Kurri and Coffey skating on this roster to nullify the penalties that will inevitably add up every time Reeves sets foot on the ice. I want toughness, but the days of the goon are long over. If you can guarantee me that Reeves will be the good 4th liner like he was in LV, fine—sign me up. I just don’t think that can happen here, for the reason I stated above.

    • BOBBY B says:

      mickeydee, Nick Fotiu single handily turned the choir boy Rangers into a team that the opposition ( aka Philly Flyers) that would once be bullied , into one that turned the Bully’s into cowards. Same can be said of Joe Kocur, now lets get Ryan Reaves under contract. If we go into this season with all these young pups, with no one to look out for them, then expect concussion city , with Reaves on our team, NO ONE will take liberties..

    • Walt says:


      Sorry my friend but we do need help for the kids who have enough problems with playing against older, more physically advanced players, who will jump on them like stink on poop. True, the days of goon hockey, staged fights are over, but there is a need on this team for a MAN, rather than the boys mentality from the previous coach. I’d sign him to two years, let the kids grow, and then put him out there for the expansion draft!!!!!

      Bobby B, let’s hope your Christmas gift arrives early!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • mickeydee says:

        I want toughness on this team just as much as the next guy, but not this type. He will be nullified by the refs the minute he steps on the ice. Bringing in a guy like this,is just an indictment of people like Kreider and Hayes and the rest of the marshmallows on this team. A hired gun is not the answer-team toughness built from within is what is needed, IMO. They could use more Wayne Simmonds type players—-guys that play with an edge and get under your skin—instead of guys that do nothing but take penalties while taking the burden of standing up for yourself from the rest of the team. Just my opinion.

  5. DaRev says:

    Reeves or Komarov, please not both. I’d rather Reeves though.

  6. Orland says:

    Would love to see Reeves brought in on a 2 year deal. We are not going to contend for the next 2 years as the young talent develops. Would be nice to not get pushed around. Someone has to play on the 4th line and Reeves would provide some much needed protection against guys like Tom Wilson running our kids. Little downside to signing Ryan.

  7. Richter1994 says:


    • Swarty says:

      I agree – but upon further reflection let us not forget that the mantra is “Lose for Hughes”

      This could be a great step in attaining that goal….

      • Richter1994 says:

        “I agree – but upon further reflection let us not forget that the mantra is “Lose for Hughes”

        This could be a great step in attaining that goal….”

        Then sign all of them (4th line gentlemen) and trade Hayes, Kreider, Zuc, Zib, and (gulp) Hank.

  8. amy herman says:

    good Friday yes I would love to get Ryan Reaves here for two reasons one he is a vocal presence in the locker room and two he adds a physical dimension on the ice and he protects the assets something Pittsburgh didn’t have when they traded him to Vegas for Brass

  9. Jerry says:

    Two years and yes do it. Reeves does more than just drop the gloves and he’s not a ‘penalty taking machine’.

    Pitt traded for him and he ONLY became expendable when they got Jamie Oleksiak a big, sorry HUGE 6’7″ 250 pound bruiser of a D-man who will never be compared to Bobby Orr. Oleksiak provided the blanket to discourage (not prevent) teams from being extra physical against their start ladened team.

    As noted he’s a POSITIVE locker room presence and will do for the Rangers exactly what he did for the Blues, Penguins and Knights.

    Excellent choice JG, just go out and sign him, we have not only the need, we have the cap space.

  10. LeetchtoNash in DC says:

    Saw very little to like of him in the Finals… I’m sure the Rangers have something as useful in Hartford. Limited skill, likes the rough stuff, might even bleed Ranger blue. Not some one trying to cash in on a Finals appearance.

  11. Swarty says:

    Hey – I heard Donald Brashear is also available.

  12. Emile the Cat says:

    Hey Glen… I hope this isn’t a Donald Brashear redux move! How’d that work out for ya? One record Donald did set back in 2009 was the number of times turning his back on aggressive opponents, that record was tied this year by our 6’5” 225 pound figure skater Kevin Hayes!

  13. Rich S says:

    Bobby B
    McQuaid would fit the bill……a little slow but as a third pair…..perfect!!!!! Big, tough, can fight and and looks to hit and intimidate…….will keep the opposition away from the front of the net and help look out for all our younger smaller players…..maybe the days of zucc being our enforcer are over……

  14. Rjcy says:

    Ahhhhh talk of a nasty NYR team from some of my fav posters…Walt, BobbyB, RichS….music to my ears…like Xmas in June! Make it never stop!

  15. Joel says:

    Other than the incredibly obvious cross check on John Carlson in Game 1 of the finals that was missed by the two blind mice posing as refs, Reaves was pretty invisible in the series. Not much hitting and devoid of skills. His season culminated in being a (healthy I assume) scratch in Game 5. I’d like to see a 4th line more like Washington’s where guys can put points up because I fear the Rangers will need help from all 4 lines.

  16. joe from newburgh says:

    why not just call up Matt Beleskey from Hartford?