By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The New York Rangers made a cap-saving move by trading forward Ryan Reaves to the Minnesota Wild. In exchange, the Rangers received a 2025 fifth-round draft pick.
This transaction will save the Rangers $1.75 million. With just one trade, the team went from about $200,000 in cap space to nearly $2 million, according to USA Today Sports.
CapFriendly gives the Rangers $6.6 million to spend leading up to the March 3rd, 2023 trade deadline. This gives the Blue shirts flexibility to make some moves in the weeks and months ahead.
Things were not working out as Reaves had requested a trade by the team when the Rangers were visiting Los Angeles. Now, he gets what he wants — a fresh start with a new team.
Leading up to the trade, he had been a healthy scratch in seven of the team’s last eight games.
Reaves was acquired in a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights on July 29th, 2021. In exchange, the Golden Knights received a 2022 third-round draft pick.
His last game with the Rangers came in a loss to the Nashville Predators on November 12th. He had seven penalties in minutes in seven minutes and 26 seconds on the ice.
Before his departure, Reaves made 81 appearances with the Rangers. He appeared in 12 games this season. Reaves also appeared in 69 games during the 2021-22 season.
In the aforementioned 81 games, he had five goals and eight assists for 13 points.
Reaves has appeared in 767 games in his 13-year career. Outside of playing for the Rangers, he also played for the St. Louis Blues, Golden Knights, and Pittsburgh Penguins.
He spent the first seven years of his career with the Blues.
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