Archive for Trades
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→
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.
Well yesterday sure was exciting, wasn’t it?
Glen Sather got busy, doing all of his work and saving us a little bit of stress for today’s 3pm NHL trade deadline. Slats’ first deal was his biggest, acquiring Keith Yandle from Arizona in exchange for John Moore, highly touted prospect Anthony Duclair, a 1st round pick in 2016, and a 2nd round pick in 2015. The Rangers also got a 2015 4th round pick and defenseman Chris Summers (AHL). Arizona retained half of Yandle’s salary ($2.625 million).
After that, the Rangers cleared roster and cap space by sending Lee Stempniak to Winnipeg for minor leaguer Carl Klingberg. The space was cleared to make room for San Jose’s James Sheppard, whom the Rangers acquired in exchange for a 2016 4th round pick (their own, not Arizona’s).
Per Bob McKenzie, the New York Rangers have acquired forward James Sheppard from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 4th round draft pick in 2016. Sheppard is a left-handed center (who can play LW) that is a great shot suppressor and plays a solid defensive game. He has a line of 5-11-16 for San Jose this year.
A shutdown line of Sheppard-Moore-Fast is a great fourth line that can be a one of the best shot suppressing lines in the game.
Per Bob McKenzie, the New York Rangers have traded forward Lee Stempniak to the Winnipeg Jets for winger Carl Klingberg. Klingberg has 2 NHL games this season, while Stempniak was a useful bottom line/extra forward. This comes on the heels of the Keith Yandle trade and the rumored Mats Zuccarello extension. One thing’s for sure: Glen Sather is active.
This trade has massive implications for both the short and long term folks. Sit tight and hope for a cup this summer.
Glen Sather certainly isn’t gun shy. In a stunning move Sunday afternoon the Rangers have acquired Arizona Coyotes offensive defenseman Keith Yandle and in return have sent arguably the best prospect in the system, Anthony Duclair, defenseman John Moore and a 2016 1st round pick back to the Coyotes. As part of the deal and to make it cap workable, the Coyotes have retained 50% of the Yandle contract while the Rangers also receive Chris Summers (2006 first round pick and defenseman) in the trade.
First a quick admin note, there won’t be a goal breakdown for last night’s game. Naturally, I spent the day with my girlfriend for Valentine’s Day, and she takes precedence over the Rangers. Yea, I said that. So you can use this to discuss the game.
Also, the Toronto Maple Leafs traded Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli to the Nashville Predators in exchange for a 2015 first round pick, prospect Brandon Leipsic, and Olli Jokinen (throw in for money issues). This trade works out for both teams, as NSH gets serious forward depth in Santorelli, and Franson will help them deal with the injury to Ryan Ellis.
Toronto gets a first rounder, and a close to NHL ready prospect. They weren’t getting more than a first rounder for Franson, and then flipping Santorelli for Leipsic makes sense, as Leipsic is likely worth more to the Leafs than a late second round pick.
For the New York Rangers, this means Santorelli is off the board, as they were interested. Since he was certainly cost effective, it may mean looking off the board at someone we haven’t heard about yet.
It must stink to be Jokinen though, going from Nashville to Toronto. Ouch.