Archive for Trades
In a surprising move, probably for AHL depth, the Rangers sent Hartford Wolf Pack captain Ryan Bourque to the Washington Capitals in exchange for center Chris Brown. Brown, a second round pick in 2009, is mostly a career AHL guy, like Bourque. Brown has 23 NHL games, Bourque has just one.
Bourque clearly had no future with the club, as he wasn’t one of the injury call ups this season or last. Sad to see him go, but hopefully he gets a shot with Washington.
It’s confirmed. The Rangers have acquired Eric Staal from Carolina, per Bob McKenzie. McKenzie believes the Rangers will send two second round picks and prospect Aleksi Saarela to Carolina. Saarela was the Rangers third rounder this year, and is in the middle of a breakthrough season in the Finnish league, putting up 18-13-31 in 46 games as a 19 (!!) year old.
I liked Saarela as a prospect, mainly because of his success as a kid in a tough league. Tough to see him go. The second rounders in 2016 and 2017 aren’t much, the cost of doing business.
Carolina will retain 50% of Staal’s salary to make the deal work.
In case you missed it, the Rangers and Canucks swapped Emerson Etem for Nicklas Jensen yesterday. While most saw an Etem trade coming at some point, the fact that it came together yesterday was a bit of a surprise. The Rangers announced there was a transaction with Etem after he was not at practice and while many speculated a trade, Etem was sent on a conditioning assignment. The trade didn’t break until later in the afternoon. And here we are, with Jensen and a 2017 sixth round pick.
1. The trade marked the end of the unspectacular Rangers career of Etem, who played in just 19 games after being acquired for Carl Hagelin. Jensen, who was also a late first round pick a year later, has yet to make an impact at the NHL level. Jensen needed a change of scenery, and Etem needed playing time that he wasn’t getting in New York. This was a classic trade of assets that needed to move on from their current clubs. Nothing less, nothing more. For the Canucks, they get a potential middle-six forward with great tools that hasn’t put it all together.
The Rangers have acquired forward Nicklas Jensen and a sixth round pick in 2017 in exchange for forward Emerson Etem. Etem was recently sent on a conditioning assignment to the AHL, as he had fallen out of favor with the Rangers.
Jensen, a 2011 first round pick, has not made an impact with the Canucks. The winger has played just 24 games with the Canucks. He has a line of 4-8-12 in 27 games with the Utica Comets this season.
The Rangers will shed Etem’s $850,500 cap hit. Jensen will report to The Hartford Wolf Pack.
Well, the New York Rangers stayed quiet for the most part, making primarily depth signings to fill out the roster. Let’s break down each move the Rangers made yesterday.
Front office moves
For those that missed it, Glen Sather stepped down as General Manager, but will remain as team president. Jeff Gorton is now the GM, and Jim Schoenfeld has been promoted to Senior VP, Assistant GM, and GM of the Hartford Wolf Pack. This was a move that came as a surprise, but had been speculated for a while. Gorton had been running most of the day to day by this point, so I think the move is more of a formality. That said, it was the biggest move the Rangers made yesterday, which is a good thing.
Worth noting here: Pre-lockout Slats was pretty brutal, and we’ve all recognized that. But post-lockout Slats built this team from a laughing stock into a perennial contender. In ten post-lockout seasons, the Rangers went to the playoffs in nine seasons. They went to a pair of Eastern Conference Finals, and one Stanley Cup Final. He wasn’t perfect by any means, and there are some significant questions, but the end-result was the best era of New York Rangers hockey we’ve ever seen.
Viktor Stalberg – one year, $1.1 million
The New York Rangers were busy on the first day of free agency, but a change in the front office overshadowed all signings and trades for today. It has been speculated for a month now, but it has been officially announced that Jeff Gorton will replace Glen Sather as General Manager of the club. Slats will remain on as Team President, while Jim Schoenfeld has been promoted to Senior VP, Assistant General Manager, and GM of the Hartford Wolfpack.
Here is a quick round up of the moves Gorton made today:
- Signed winger Viktor Stalberg to a one-year, $1.1 million contract
- Signed defenseman Raphael Diaz to a one-year, $700k contract
- Traded a 2017 6th round pick to Nashville for goalie Magnus Hellberg
- Signed depth/AHL players Jayson Megna, Matt Lindblad, and Brian Gibbons
The live blog is still going, so keep up there for more moves from around the league.
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.