The NY Rangers made a pair of minor league trades after the trade deadline had passed. First, they acquired defenseman Wyatt Kalynuk from Vancouver in exchange for future considerations. Second, the Rangers traded Gustav Rydahl to Colorado in exchange for forward Anton Blidh.
OFFICIAL: #NYR have acquired forward Anton Blidh from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for forward Gustav Rydahl and have acquired defenseman Wyatt Kalynuk from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for future considerations.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) March 3, 2023
Rydahl, per Ricky Milliner, struggled a lot in Hartford and was in and out of the lineup. Blidh likely represents an upgrade in Hartford’s depth, adding a bit of sandpaper to a lineup in need of it. Blidh has just 84 NHL games in his career, and is likely not what you’d consider “Black Ace” material.
Kalynuk was K’Andre Miller’s teammate at Wisconsin, and has just 26 NHL games in his career. He helps shore up Hartford’s blue line.
The Wolf Pack are a pretty bad team, but luckily for them most of their division is bad so they aren’t out of the playoff hunt. Hopefully these moves help move things in the right direction for a team that desperately needs to improve.