Rangers trade Ryan Graves to Colorado for Chris Bigras

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While the focus of the day was on the big Ryan McDonagh/JT Miller trade, there was another minor deal made by the Blueshirts today. Defense prospect Ryan Graves, who appeared to fall behind many in the depth chart, has been sent to Colorado for defenseman Chris Bigras.

Bigras, a 2nd rounder in 2013, has been back and forth with Colorado and San Antonio (AHL) for the past two seasons. He has a line of 1-3-4 in 46 NHL games, and 12-32-44 in 102 AHL games with San Antonio.

Graves, a 4th rounder in the same draft, developed very well in the OHL and had a strong season last year on the Pack. It’s surprising that the Blueshirts dealt him for another defenseman, but it looks to be a deal based on skills. Bigras is more of a puck mover and better skater, while Graves is more of a bigger body with a big shot.

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      • I hope that’s the case. The overhaul is pointless if that donkey is behind the bench. And take the rest of the coaching staff with him. Except of Allair of course.

        But, as been discussed on all other blog posts here, it seems that the management likes him and plans to stick with AV.

        Then again, if Gorton can reverse most of the damage done by the cigar chomper in one off-season, maybe he can tell that he’s got the wrong coach as well.

        • I said likewise, Pavel, echoing Egelstein in the (earlier) McDonagh dialogue.

          Reading between the lines of Miller’s inclusion in the Tampa deal, I can’t help but see AV’s input, influence, what have you.

          As one of the TSN presenters put it, ‘there’s activity, then there’s productivity’. Jeff Gorton’s done his work, marked by big, bold strokes. But all that adroit acquiring and assembling of talent means nothing if AV’s carried over.

          Until we see a new bench boss, one who represents generational change, imagination or discernible vision the rebuild’s incomplete. Or, setup for failure.

      • Wasn’t me! More then likely ur buddy DMC (u know what the d stands for ?? )

      • Leather… Howden was a beast in the World Juniors, a big part of Canada winning the gold medal. The thumb downers don’t know shat about hockey.

      • He’s producing, but I’m guessing he’s a 2C ceiling guy. Has learned to use his size, but the pre draft production doesn’t scream top level talent if it wasn’t for him being 6’2″.

        • I see him being our 3rd line center actually….

          Your team in 2 years

          Gettinger, spooner and hopefully Kupari in this years draft

          Wahlstrom (if not on top 3) on 2nd line with Chytil and Kreider

          Andersson with Zib and Buch

          Howden with Namestnikov and Ronning

          every line has a bit of everything in it

  • Personally I would have liked to see what this kid really had to offer, but that is not to be the case…..

      • LOL, remember them bro?

        BTW, say what you want about the Rangers, but they are a first class org when it comes to treating their own very nicely. Great ceremony last night and nice touch for Hadfield.

        I was there for Leetch when he announced that Graves wold be honored the next year. Nice.

        • Tony

          I still wear my Hadfield jersey to the games when I get to the city with my son, and his boy Jake!!!!! Always loved Vic, and the response to the announcement of the retirement of his number, just priceless!!!!!!!

    • I am with you….each pairing has to have a physical D man..who doesn’t chase into the bad ice but protects the slot….the good ice

      no more allowing the opposition to get behind them to screen the goalie….I don’t know which dunce of a coach implemented that….better yet….stop appeasing Leaky if that’s his thought process…..that is the dumbest thing I have seen in a system

      • Watching the young smurfs get knocked off the puck night after night is getting old. They need more time down in the iron league to build up some strength and add some bulk to their frame.

  • The draft will shape July 1 signings

    If they do unload but sign Carlson and Tavares…..which I highly doubt….No Tavares then no need for Carlson….continue rebuild

    I have to figure Zuc will be gone and by years end Leaky will waive his NMC

    It has to be one or the other… in between

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