New York Rangers trade for Andrew Copp and Tyler Motte to bolster forward group

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The New York Rangers have acquired forward Andrew Copp from the Winnipeg Jets. Multiple reports indicate that several draft picks are heading the other way.

Copp, 27, emerged as a top target in the last 24 hours once it became clear he was being made available by the Jets. This season, he has 13 goals and 32 points in 55 games. The Michigan born forward can play a little center but has been used primarily on the wing. His current cap hit is $3.64M and he will be looking for an increase next season as a pending UFA.

New York Rangers add Copp and Motte

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Feb 27, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers center Greg McKegg (14) and Vancouver Canucks center Tyler Motte (64) chase after the puck during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

Copp was dealing with injuries this season but over the last week his name started coming to the forefront.

“Hearing that conversation around Andrew Copp are intensifying,” Elliotte Friedman said on HNIC. “Versatile forward would be very valuable. Boston, Rangers, and Colorado especially are teams interested in him.”

The Rangers also added to their bottom six with forward Tyler Motte from the Vancouver Canucks for a 4th-round pick.

Motte, 27, has 15 points in 49 games. He is a left handed shot that can play either third or fourth line minutes. At 5-10, 192 lbs, he’s able to play a physical style. The Michigan native has 51 blocks and 90 hits on the season.

The Rangers also made a deal for the Wolf Pack sending defenseman Anthony Bitetto to the San Jose Sharks for forward Nicholas Merkley. Recently signed NCAA free agent defenseman Brandon Scanlin has been added to the Pack roster.