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In case you missed it, the New York Rangers traded both Cam Talbot and Carl Hagelin during the 2015 NHL Draft. The return for Hagelin was Emerson Etem and the #41 pick on Saturday. The return for Talbot was three picks on Saturday. While most of this post is going to analyze the Hagelin/Etem swap, I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least first cover the Talbot trade.
While many rumors pointed to the Rangers getting a much bigger haul for Talbot, it’s not surprising that the Rangers landed what they did. Rumors went from a top-15 pick to a 1st round pick to a pair of seconds and a prospect to just about anything. This is why they are rumors and not reported facts. In the end, Talbot is a 27 year old pending UFA with just 57 games under his belt. Yes, he played very well, but goalies are weird. He could be great, he may not be. Without certainty, both on the ice and with his contract, the value was going to take a hit.
The Talbot trade comes off as a disappointment not because of the return, but because of the rumors heading into the draft. The reaction on the Hagelin trade was entirely different.
The New York Rangers have acquired their backup goalie, grabbing Antti Raanta from Chicago in exchange for forward prospect Ryan Haggerty. Haggerty, 22, was an undrafted free agent signing for the Rangers. He impressed a few in camp, but then struggled a bit throughout the season in Hartford, posting pedestrian numbers (15-18-33 in 76 games).
Raanta was the #3 goalie on the depth chart in Chicago, behind Corey Crawford and Scott Darling. Raanta is a capable backup, posting a .936 SV% and 1.89 GAA last season with the Hawks. He split time with the Hawks and Rockford of the AHL, where he put up a 2.18 GAA and a .918 SV%.
Raanta has one year left on his deal at a $750k cap hit.
Day One of the 2015 NHL Draft came and went last night, with the Rangers staying largely silent. There were rumblings of an eventual deal for Cam Talbot, but that was the only action we saw for the Rangers. It was a relatively boring night.
Day Two, however, was the complete opposite. The day opened with more Talbot rumors. But before the eventual Talbot deal could be made, the Rangers shocked their fan base by sending Carl Hagelin to the Anaheim Ducks for Emerson Etem. The trade also involved the Rangers moving up in the draft from #59 to #41, giving Anaheim the 59th and 179th picks. The Rangers grabbed forward Ryan Gropp with the 41st pick.
Minutes after making their selection, the Rangers then sent Talbot to the Edmonton Oilers for three draft picks. The Rangers got the 57th, 79th, and 184th picks. The Oilers also got the 209th pick in the deal.
Talbot played 36 games with the Rangers this year, and basically saved the Rangers when Henrik Lundqvist went down with his vascular injury. Talbot posted a 21-9-4 record with a 2.21 GAA and .926 SV% over that time, steadying the Rangers during what could have been a rough stretch. In 21 games last year, Talbot put up a remarkable 1.64 GAA and a .941 SV%.
The value for Talbot was sky high, and it would have been silly for the Rangers to hold on to a guy that was only going to play 20-25 games, and none after April.
The New York Rangers have traded Carl Hagelin to the Anaheim Ducks for winger Emerson Etem. The Rangers will also get the 41st pick in the 2015 draft. The Ducks will get 59th and 179th picks. The Rangers selected Ryan Gropp with the 41st pick.
Hagelin, a 2007 6th round pick for the Rangers, put up 58-72-130 over four seasons with the Rangers. Hagelin was due a huge raise, and a lot of this trade has to do with saving cap space. Hagelin is a solid middle-six player and penalty killer, but is far from irreplaceable on the roster.
As for Etem, he was a 2010 1st round pick for Anaheim, and has a line of 15-16-31 in parts of three seasons with the Ducks. Etem is fast, big (6’1″, 206 lbs), and skilled, but hasn’t put it all together yet. Etem is an RFA as well, but he is coming off his ELC, and is due a bridge deal, likely in the $1.5-$2 million range.
It’s worth noting that Etem hasn’t really been used properly in Anaheim yet. He was playing on the fourth line, but with his skill set he should be top-nine. I think he will be fine if used properly (OZ starts).
With the Draft approaching and everyone’s attention turning to off-season business, Ranger fans have fixated on a report from TSN’s Darren Dreger (here and here) regarding significant interest around the league in Cam Talbot. He is apparently the top choice for a number of teams for their goaltending vacancies; Edmonton, San Jose, Calgary, Florida, Buffalo and Dallas, have all been named as potential suitors.
This is great news for the Rangers. A short time ago, we were talking about a second round pick representing solid value for the one-time undrafted free agent. Now, there is chatter about Talbot’s value being as high as a mid-first round pick. That would be quite the coup. This development has created an interesting debate in real versus perceived value. Read More→
Per Alex Nunn, New York Rangers RFA winger Carl Klingberg will head to Torpedo of the KHL. The Rangers acquired Klingberg at the trade deadline from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for winger Lee Stempniak. The deal cleared Stempniak’s contract in order to land James Sheppard and later that day. Sheppard was supposed to be a better fit for the fourth line, but he never played.
Klingberg, 24, was struggling to crack an NHL roster, so this move isn’t that surprising. People are going to look to this move as “Stempniak was traded for nothing,” which I guess is a fair conclusion. I don’t see it like that though. I wasn’t all that pleased in letting Stempniak go for nothing (would’ve preferred a draft pick), and the injury to Mats Zuccarello showed the Rangers could have used him, but on the surface, Sheppard was a better fit for the fourth line.
The Rangers will retain Klingberg’s NHL rights, depending on the length of the deal in the KHL.
The New York Rangers have traded defenseman Daniel Walcott, a 2014 5th round pick, to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for ta 2015 7th round pick. The 7th rounder is originally the Rangers pick, which was sent to Tampa Bay as a part of the Martin St. Louis trade.
This trade is a bit baffling, but Adam Herman logically speculates that this could be because Walcott didn’t want to sign with the Rangers. It certainly makes sense, and if that’s the case, at least the Rangers got something back for him.
The New York Rangers have recalled forward Ryan Bourque from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. The Pack are fresh off their overtime victory against the Providence Bruins last night, a win which propelled them to the second round. Since the Pack has a few days off, and the Rangers are without Mats Zuccarello, they needed another forward with some potential offensive punch in the lineup.
It is unlikely Bourque sits in the press box for this game. My guess is that he plays on the third line, with Jesper Fast moving back to the fourth line with Glass and Moore.
This is a bit late, but the Rangers returned forward Ryan Bourque to the AHL yesterday. Bourque was an “injury” call up for the final two meaningless games of the season, allowing the Rangers to rest Rick Nash those last two games of the year. Bourque returns to the Hartford Wolf Pack in time for the Calder Cup Playoffs.