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The Rangers have made another minor move, acquiring 25-year old forward Taylor Beck from Edmonton in exchange for 29-year-old forward Justin Fontaine. Beck appears to be an AHL lifer, and has a decent line of 13-37-50 with Bakersfield this year. Fontaine has a line of 9-21-30 with Hartford this year.
This is a minor swap with no real NHL implications.
As is annual tradition here at BSB, we are going to be live blogging the trade deadline. There were a bunch of deals made yesterday, and we expect many more to be made today. The Rangers already made a move by acquiring Brendan Smith from Detroit. I expect they are done, given the prices we’ve seen, but you never know. Rangers moves will be bolded.
Trades before today
- Arizona sent Michael Stone to Calgary for 2018 3rd and 2018 5th (conditional) round picks.
- Carolina sent Ron Hainsey to Pittsburgh for a 2017 2nd rounder and Danny Kristo.
- Dallas sent Patrick Eaves to Anaheim for a 2017 2nd round pick (conditional).
- Detroit sent Tomas Jurco to Chicago for a 2017 3rd round pick.
- Tampa Bay sent Ben Bishop and a 5th rounder to LA for Peter Budaj, Eric Cernak, a 2017 7th round pick, and a conditional pick.
The Rangers have send forward Pavel Buchnevich to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. Buchnevich has been a healthy scratch for a good chunk of the recent games, and has been struggling since returning from injury in January. After his hot start to the season, Buch has significantly cooled off. But he does have a line of 6-9-15 in 26 games.
The move was likely because the Rangers needed to recall defenseman Steven Kampfer today. Brendan Smith will not make it in time for tonight’s game, and Dan Girardi is confirmed out. Kampfer has a line of 4-12-16 with Hartford this year.
In a minor league move, the Rangers have dealt Hartford defenseman Mat Bodie to the Buffalo Sabres for forward Daniel Catenacci. Bodie, signed as an undrafted free agent, was having a solid year in Hartford, with a line of 8-22-30 in 45 games. That said, he is also 26 years old.
Catenacci, the Sabres 3rd rounder in 2011, has a line of 5-8-13 in Rochester. He also played 11 games with Buffalo this year. Catenacci is 23 years old, so there’s that. This is a minor league trade.
Per Bob McKenzie, the Rangers are working to finalize a deal for Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith. The deal,
which is not finalized, is said to include at least a pair of picks, including a 2nd rounder is for a 2018 2nd and a 2017 3rd.
Smith is a notable upgrade on Kevin Klein on the right side, even as a lefty. He got off to a very rough start to the year, but has been steadily improving his play. He’s much better than any non-McDonagh/Skjei defenseman –yes, even Holden– so he certainly moves the needle on the blue line.
For me, I’m ok with the trade (assuming it’s just one second rounder) in a vacuum, however it doesn’t address the major problem, which is a 1RD. Perhaps something bigger is coming, perhaps not, but this doesn’t get them over the Washington/Pittsburgh hump.
Hellberg made one appearance in his previous call up while Raanta was hurt, stopping four shots in 19 minutes.
As expected, the Rangers have returned goaltender Magnus Hellberg to the Hartford Wolf Pack. Hellberg made one appearance in his call up in relief of Henrik Lundqvist, making four saves on four shots.
Hellberg’s return does not necessarily mean Antti Raanta is ready to go. There has been no update on his status. Hellberg was returned to stay fresh through the All Star break, and may be called back up if Raanta is not ready to go.
Hellberg has played to a .905 SV% and a 2.91 GAA this year with the Pack. Those numbers are way down from his prior years, likely due to a weaker Pack team.
No update on Raanta yet. But this recall doesn’t bode well.
The Rangers have waived forward Marek Hrivik. If he clears, he will be sent back to the Hartford Wolf Pack in the AHL, where he will likely be the first injury call up again. Hrivik played solid if unspectacular hockey in his 16 game stint with the Rangers this year. He registered a pair of assists, the second and third of his career, while playing primarily in a fourth line role.
Hrivik’s success helped stabilize what could have been a disastrous fourth line as the Rangers dealt with a flurry of injuries in December. Hrivik’s weakness is that he isn’t offensively gifted enough for the NHL, which eventually led to the Rangers choosing Matt Puempel over him. Alain Vigneault wants skill up and down the lineup, and it’s tough to really fault that logic.
If Hrivik clears, he will likely be back at some point this season if the Rangers are unable to remain healthy. At the very worst, he will be a part of the taxi squad for the playoff run.
As expected, the Rangers have recalled forward Pavel Buchnevich from the Hartford Wolf Pack. Buchenvich was sent down last week after missing most of the season with a back injury. It was not a conditioning assignment, and an outright move to Hartford. But as expected, this was just a short term move to get him back in game shape during the bye week.
Buchnevich played three games while with the Pack, notching a goal and an assist. With the recall, it’s assumed that the rookie will be ready to go for tomorrow night’s game against the Leafs.