Roster Moves

Rangers trade Matt Puempel to Detroit for defenseman Ryan Sproul

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The Matt Puempel era in New York has come to an end. The forward, waived to start the season, has been traded to the Detroit Red Wings for defenseman Ryan Sproul. Puempel was claimed off waivers from Ottawa last season, and put up 6-3-9 in 27 games as a Blueshirt. He put up 1-2-3 in 5 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack this season.

Sproul, a former 2nd round pick, has just 28 games of NHL experience (1-6-7). After being selected 55th overall in 2011, Sproul turned pro for the 2013-2014 season, spending the majority of his career with the Grand Rapids Griffins. The 6’3″, 205 lb defenseman is likely more defensive depth for a team that has that in spades at the moment.

This seems to be a trade that is more about a change of scenery for both players. Puempel clearly wasn’t in favor with the coaching staff, as a pair of well traveled “vets” in Paul Carey and Adam Cracknell clearly have higher bidding within the organization.

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    • God that would’ve been fantastic! Big body goos skating 2way center also good pk guy! In Sheahan… Woulda def filled our gaping 4th line center need! ANYONE but Adam Cracknell! Seriously? That’s the best we can do? Better get used to seeing 11 forwards and 7 dmen… Smh.

  • Oscar Lindberg would be our 2nd leading goal scorer at 3. Gorton messed this up big time IMO.

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