Report: New York Rangers trade Julien Gauthier for Tyler Motte

The New York Rangers are reportedly trading for Tyler Motte per Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun.

Soon after the report, the Senators announced they acquired Julien Gauthier and a conditional seventh-round pick in 2023 in exchange for the gritty forward.

The condition is as follows: If the Rangers get to the second round of the playoffs, the seventh becomes the lower of their sixth-round selection (Rangers have theirs and one acquired from the Winnipeg Jets).

New York Rangers re-acquire Tyler Motte

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May 22, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers center Tyler Motte (64) celebrates his empty-net goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the third period in game three of the second round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

The Ottawa Senators scratched Tyler Motte prior to their matchup on Sunday versus the St. Louis Blues for trade-related purposes.

Motte, 27, has recorded 9 points in 38 games this season for the Sens while averaging 13:32 of ice time. On the year, he has one shorthanded goal and averages 2.31 hits per game.

The Rangers originally traded for Motte last season at the deadline from the Vancouver Canucks for a fourth-round pick. This past offseason, the Blueshirts wanted to re-sign him but the two sides could not agree to a new deal. He eventually signed a one year deal with the Sens for $1.35 million.

In his limited time with the Rangers due to a shoulder injury suffered in the regular-season soon after the trade, he recorded no points in games. However, he played a key role in the team’s run to the Eastern Conference Final recording two goals in 15 postseason matches.

By sending Julien Gauthier the other way, the Rangers only take on $535,000 extra in cap space. It does not appear the Sens are retaining salary.

Gauthier, 25, recorded 9 points in 40 games this season for the Blueshirts. He will be an RFA with arbitration rights in July.

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Anthony Scultore has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL since 2014. His work also appears at YardBarker, and MSN. Features have been linked on Sportsnet, NBC, TFP, NY POST, NEWSDAY and more.