Friday, June 23, 2017

NHL news: Coyotes acquire Stepan, Raanta from Rangers



                 The Arizona Coyotes have acquired center Derek Stepan and goaltender Antti Raanta from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Anthony DeAngelo and the 7th overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft.

                 Stepan, 27, scored 55 points (17 goals and 38 assists) in 81 games in 2016-17. He has scored 360 points (128 goals and 232 assists) in 515 career NHL games, all for the Blueshirts. He's a two time 20 goal scorer, and has never scored less than 16 goals in a season.

                  Raanta, 28, played in a career high 30 games in 2016-17 while backing up Henrik Lundqvist, and had a .922 SV% and a 2.26 GAA. He has a career .912 SV% and a GAA of 2.41 in 94 games played, for the Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks.

                  DeAngelo, 21, made his NHL debut in 2016-17, scoring five goals and nine assists for 14 points in 39 games. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning 19th overall in 2014.

                  I think the Rangers win this trade. They clear up cap space for when they pursue free agent defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, and get a big prospect defenseman, and a very high draft pick. Sure, Stepan and Raanta are good, but so is the return.

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