New York Rangers traded forward Ryan Reeves to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2025 draft.
Reeves is a 13-year NHL veteran who reportedly wanted a change of scenery after losing seven of the Rangers’ last eight games, playing just 7:26 in the only competition he played in that stretch. . He hasn’t scored a point, averaging 8:27 in 12 games for the Rangers this season.
“This is not for fighting. He is a big person. He has a lot of energy. He has swagger. We missed it.” – Bill Guerin said Michael Russo of The Athletic after trading. “The energy it brings is really good. And size. He will help us regain our identity.”
Reeves proved to be a valuable asset to New York’s fitness department last season, providing extra protection to star players like Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad. The Rangers acquired Reeves from the Vegas Golden Knights in July 2021, sending Vegas a 2022 third-round pick (Nick Moldenhauer) in exchange.
Reeves subsequently signed a one-year contract extension to keep him with the Rangers. He signed for this season with a maximum of $1.75 million. None of his salary was withheld by New York in the deal. Reeves could become an unrestricted free agent next July.
In 767 career NHL games with the St. Louis Blues, Pittsburgh Penguins, Golden Knights and Rangers, Reeves scored 54 goals and scored 114 points with 992 penalty minutes to go.
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