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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.

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Mar
01

Rangers trade Lee Stempniak to Winnipeg

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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.

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UPDATE: Darren Dreger has confirmed details of trade: Yandle and Summers and a 4th for Anthony Duclair, John Moore, a 1st (2016) and a 2nd in 2015. Yotes retain 50% of Yandle’s salary.

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.

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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.

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Per Darren Dreger, the Winnipeg Jets and Buffalo Sabres are about to push through a huge trade involving Evander Kane. The principles of the trade:

To Buffalo: Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian, Jason Kasdorf
To Winnipeg: Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, Brendan Lemieux, Joel Armia, 2015 1st round pick (lowest pick of the 3 Buffalo has)

This is preliminary, but wow. Both teams did well here. The Sabres basically replaced Myers with Bogo, and since Kane is out for the remainder of the year, don’t sacrifice positioning for a shot at Conor McJesus. The Jets get pieces to help them for their playoff push, plus two solid (middle six) prospects and a first round pick.

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Nash is integral to the Rangers hopes for 2015

Nash.

For all intents and purposes, the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers swapped star wingers over two trades in the span of a year. The Rangers sent a package of players for Rick Nash in the summer of 2012. Eight months later, the Jackets sent a package of players to the Rangers for Marian Gaborik. It was rather comical, since it basically wound up being a Nash for Gaborik swap, but the other pieces turned out to be important as well.

July 24, 2012: Rangers send Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon, and a 2013 1st round pick to CBJ for Rick Nash, Steven Delisle, and a 2013 3rd round pick.

Starting with what the Rangers acquired, Nash has been a sore spot for people, and I don’t really see why. After putting up 21-21-42 in 44 games during the lockout shortened season, Nash suffered a pair of concussions in 2013-2014, limiting him to 65 games and a line of 26-13-39. The concussions affected his play on the ice, but Nash still managed to produce close to his career average in goals and SH%, he just did it from the perimeter instead of attacking the net. However, those issues appear to be behind him, as he has 10 goals in 12 games this year already.

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The Rangers have traded defenseman Steve Kampfer and forward Andrew Yogan to the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Joey Crabb,. The Rangers needed to clear one contract to ensure Anthony Duclair could make the club, and they did just that with this minor trade. Kampfer was going to be in the AHL all year, and Yogan has bounced between the ECHL and AHL since turning pro.

Crabb has 179 games (20-33-53) of NHL experience, but for the most part is a career AHL guy. Interesting fact: Crabb was a 7th round draft pick by the Rangers in 2002.

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Jun
27

Rangers trade Derek Dorsett to Vancouver

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The Rangers have traded winger Derek Dorsett to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a third round pick (#85) in this year’s draft. With the cap rumored to be around $68 million, the Rangers needing to sign some key UFAs and RFAs, and the emergence of Dan Carcillo as a viable option for the fourth line (plus a few bottom-six kids that may be ready), Glen Sather felt the need to shed payroll a bit. Dorsett was a productive Ranger, but the $1.63 million cap hit for a fourth line player was expendable.

Dorsett played 51 games with the Rangers after his trade from Columbus, putting up a line of 4-4-8 and 128 PIMs.

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Ryan Callahan has re-upped in Tampa Bay on a deal that is 6 years and $5.8 million per year (basically a Dustin Brown contract, shocking). As a part of the trade with Tampa Bay for Martin St. Louis, the Rangers will receive TB’s 2nd round pick in 2015, and the Rangers will send a 2015 7th rounder to Tampa Bay. To summarize the now completed trade:

  • To New York: Martin St. Louis, 2015 2nd round pick
  • To Tampa Bay: Ryan Callahan, 2014 1st round pick, 2015 1st round pick, 2015 7th round pick
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Sather spent wisely. (Photo credit: Jim McIsaac)

This man deserves credit. (Photo credit: Jim McIsaac)

When teams make deep runs into the playoffs, the one thing they usually have in common is success from trades made throughout the season. I’m not talking about moves made in the offseason, of which Glen Sather made a few (Dominic Moore, Benoit Pouliot), I’m referring to in-season moves made after identifying team needs.

The Rangers were no different from any other team. There were significant flaws in the team that were easily identifiable by most either before the season began (toughness/physicality), or something that became apparent as the season went by (right handed defenseman, primary scoring). If it’s something we were identifying here, you can bet your life savings that Slats and company identified it as well.

This is what a good GM does (and yes, Slats is a good GM in the cap era). Slats identified these holes and made three trades in 2014 that addressed each need.

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