The New York Rangers traded Ryan Reaves to the Minnesota Wild for a fifth-round draft pick.
Hockey insider Kevin Weekes broke the deal just before it was made official.
According to the team’s press release:
New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has received a fifth-round pick in the 2025 NHL Entry Draft from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Ryan Reaves.
The Rangers now have a total of 8 picks in the 2025 draft.
Rangers trade Ryan Reaves
Reaves, 35, has played 81 regular season games with the Rangers since being traded from the Vegas Golden Knights in the summer of 2021. He recorded 5 goals and 13 points and 55 penalty minutes on Broadway.
Gerard Gallant had clawed the experienced right wing in 7 of Rangers’ last 8 games.
“I’m the coaching type of a player,” Gallant said of Reaves. “I’m not going to let a guy sit and rot and not tell them anything. That does not happen.”
Their relationship is close, dating back to the 2017-18 inaugural season in Vegas. Gallant is a big fan of Reave’s style of play and wanted him in New York when he took the job last season. Unfortunately, as the team picked up speed, the slower enforcer struggled to keep up.
“Reavo is a pro,” Gallant remarked. “I’m sure he’s not happy and he wants to play every game. It’s tough. It’s never easy but he’s a true professional and we love what he does for us.”
Reaves will now bring his talent to Minnesota, which plays a slower but heavier style of hockey. The Rangers took whatever they could to clear Cap space. Reaves has an AAV of $1.75 million.
“After trading Reaves and saving (his) $1.34 million cap hit for the remainder of the year, the New York Rangers with 22 active players have $1.5 million in forecasted cap space.” tweeted PuckPedia. “This space can accommodate (an) annual cap hit of $1.98 million today or an annual cap hit of $6.68 million as of the reporting date.”
In 767 NHL career games for the St. Louis Blues (2010-11 to 2016-17), Pittsburgh Penguins (2017-18), Vegas (2017-18 to 2020-21) and Rangers, Reaves has 54 goals, 60 assists and recorded 992 penalty minutes.
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